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