Untitled

  • John Ferren, Untitled, 1937, carved, engraved, and hand-painted plaster in wood frame, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1937 John Ferren, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.23

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An abstract expressionist work from 1937, Untitled reflects an artistic approach John Ferren developed while working at Stanley William Hayter's influential Atelier 17 studio in Paris. Hayter introduced Ferren to a nineteenth-century printing technique in which an etched and inked plate is imprinted in wet plaster. The plaster is then carved and painted, using the etched lines as a guide. Pierre Matisse, son of the French painter Henri Matisse, showed several of these plasters in a 1936 exhibition of Ferren's work at Matisse's New York gallery and gave the young artist a contract to do more. (Mecklenburg, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Collection, American Abstraction, 1930-1945, 1989)

Title
Untitled
Artist
Date
1937
On View
Dimensions
18 x 22 in. (45.7 x 55.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved, engraved, and hand-painted plaster in wood frame
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1986.92.23
Palette
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