Benjamin Frazier Cunningham

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Benjamin Frazier Cunningham

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After Image of Brittany - 1940

- Lithograph on watermarked paper
- Sight: 10.5” h x 13" w
- Paper: 12.5” h x 17.5” w
- Signed in pencil lower right, titled lower left

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About the work

Very fine condition. Edition size 20 of 150. Printed on Warren's Olde Style watermarked paper. Attached to the mat by two pieces of archival tape on upper edge. Mat measures 16 x 20; unframed. 

This print was offered by the San Francisco Chronicle in 1940. At the time of its publication, San Francisco art administrator Arthur C. Painter said of the lithograph: “After Image of Brittany” was lithographed from a sketch which Ben Cunningham made on his trip to Paris in 1939. In the print the artist has shown his impression of the continual struggle between romanticism and practicalities so evident in Paris.

Cindy Nemer’s biography of Cunningham adds more background to the story, noting that the artist traveled to Paris in 1939 where he met “a young, attractive, Norwegian woman with whom he spent some idyllic summer weeks at the Brittany shore. The result of that experience was a painting called Afterimage of Brittany, which reflects the influence of the school of Paris.”  His lithograph of the same name was issued the next year. 

About the artist… 

Ben Cunningham (1904-1975) spent his childhood in Reno, Nevada, and later attended the University of Nevada. He established a significant reputation for his geometric paintings and color theory during the 1940s and 50s. His works were exhibited/acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Cunningham’s accomplishments as both artist and teacher are numerous, and include service as the president of the San Francisco chapter of the Artists Congress in 1936, followed by appointment as supervisor of mural painting for Northern California under the Federal Art Project. After moving to New York in the 1940s, he taught art classes at Newark School of Fine Arts, Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, and the Art Students League. 

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