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Solitude

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1979,0512.5

  • Title (object)

    • Solitude
  • Description

    Couples seated on park benches embracing, night piece. 1917 Lithograph, on oriental paper

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1917
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 438 millimetres
    • Width: 394 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed on stone. Signed, titled and numbered: "No.1".
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Stephen Coppel, 'The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock', with the assistance of Jerzy Kierkuc-Bielinski, BMP, 2008, no. 15.

    Bellows identified the scene as New York's Central Park on a spring night. The title contains an element of ironic humour - a lonely man on a park bench surrounded by amorous couples who can find no solitude. Bellows's night scene speaks of the isolation of the individual in the modern metropolis.

    A certain awkwardness in the handling of the lithographic technique betrays this as one of Bellows's early prints. The man's form is roughly blocked in with lithographic crayon, the arms and hands reduced to a few basic shapes. The soft, deep shadows are achieved with tusche over crayon work. Certain contours and areas of shadow that required lightening are scratched through the drawn stone with the needle. An edition of sixty was printed of this print. Bellows subsequently worked over the stone, plunging the scene into almost complete darkness, but only a few proofs of the unsuccessful second state were printed.

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  • Bibliography

    • Mason 37 bibliographic details
  • Location

    American XXc Mounted Atlas

  • Exhibition history

    1980 Jan-May, BM, American Prints 1879-1979, cat. no.55
    1983 May-Jun, Sheffield, City Art Gallery, 'American Prints'
    1983 Jun-Sep, Manchester, Whitworth Gallery, 'American Prints'
    1983 Sep-Dec, Belfast, Ulster Museum, 'American Prints'
    1991/92 Oct.-Feb, BM, Collecting the Twentieth Century
    2008 April-Sep, BM, The American Scene, cat. no.15
    2009 Sep-Dec, Manchester, Whitworth AG, The American Scene
    2012 July-Sept, BM, Isolation (Camden School for Girls curated display)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1979

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1979,0512.5

Couples seated on park benches embracing, night piece. 1917
Lithograph, on oriental paper

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