Laborers : Finishing Shells at Davidson Galleries

Joseph Pennell American (1857–1926)

Finishing Shells

Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1916
Edition : 50
Signature: Signed in the stone
Size: 20-3/4 x 15-3/4 inches
Description: Joseph Pennell's Finishing Shells breaks the mold of traditional “women’s work” by showing women in an industrial setting. With two years into World War I and two still yet to go, women were a much needed labor force in the factories on the hone front. In Pennell's lithograph, men and women alike labor to make weaponry for the war effort.
Stock Number: 45696
Price: $385.00

Laborers : Preparing Yarn (Working with Ixtle) at Davidson Galleries

Fernando Castro Pacheco Mexican (1918-2013)

Preparing Yarn (Working with Ixtle)

Series: Portfolio: Mexican People, edited by Associated American Artists. 12 prints total by different artists.
Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1946
Signature: Signed in pencil
References: Prignitz 616
Size: 11 x 14 inches
Description: Pacheco was a Mexican painter, printmaker and teacher who was well known for traditional artistic forms and for his murals that invoke the spirit and history of the Mexican people. Ixtle is a fiber from any of several tropical American agave or yucca plants, traditionally used for cordage, nets, and carpets. Pacheco shows a woman here spinning the fibers by hand.
Stock Number: 13875
Price: $250.00

Laborers : Lace Makers, Puerto Rico at Davidson Galleries

Irwin D. Hoffman American (1901-1989)

Lace Makers, Puerto Rico

Medium: Drypoint
Year: 1944
Signature: Signed and titled in pencil, Signed and dated in the plate
Publisher: Associated American Artists
Size: 9-5/8 x 11-3/4 inches
Description: Known early as a talented portrait artist, Hoffman later earned a reputation for gritty genre scenes and in the late 1930s went to Puerto Rico to observe the peasant life there. Likely the women here are making mundillo, a cultivated, handmade bobbin lace that was brought to Puerto Rico from Spain, where it had thrived in major commercial markets. This lacemaking skill has now become an honored tradition among Puerto Rican women involved in the craft.
Condition: Two spots in bottom margin, verso toned
Stock Number: 31223c
Price: $400.00

Laborers : Naherin (Seamstress) at Davidson Galleries

Anton Albers German (1877–1949)

Naherin (Seamstress)

Medium: Color woodcut
Year: 1900
References: Noted in Benezit: "One of the few color woodcuts by this artist, and one of his best."
Size: 6 7/8 x 6 1/2 inches
Description: Anton Albers' image of the seamstress is a common domestic image from the 19th and early 20th centuries that show women who take in sewing work to help pay the bills. This was often the only option for income open to poor widows who had to, by necessity, stay home with small children.
Condition: glue traces verso
Stock Number: 27683
Price: $275.00

Laborers : Spinners, Dalmatia at Davidson Galleries

Clare Leighton English / American (1898–1989)

Spinners, Dalmatia

Series: Woodcuts: Examples of the Work of Claire Leighton
Medium: Wood engraving
Year: 1930
Edition : 427/450
Signature: Individual prints unsigned
Publisher: Longmans,Green &Co
Size: 6-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches
Description: Artist and illustrator Clare Leighton wrote and illustrated numerous books praising the virtues of the countryside and the people who worked the land. During the 1920s and 1930s, as the world around her became increasingly technological, industrial, and urban, Leighton portrayed rural working men and women. This work pictures traditional spinning by hand in the small region of Dalmatia on the eastern coast of Adriatic Sea in Croatia.
Stock Number: 25995c
Price: $120.00