" Nasturtiums ". ( 1961 ): Original etching on thick light cream wove rag paper by Beth Van Hoesen ( 1926 - 2010 ): signed in pencil lower right - " Beth Van Hoesen ": titled in pencil lower left " Nasturtiums ": numbered in pencil center bottom " 16/30 ": image / plate size: 15 inches by 8 3/8 inches ( 38 x 47 cm ): framed: frame size: 19 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches.
An exceptional impression from the small edition of 30 of one of Van Hoesen's most facinating and intricate linear compositions. Her use of complex delicate linework creates a near abstract image.NOTE: This work is in excellent condition: full wide original margins ( sheet size: 19 1/2 x 23 inches ): no foxing or marks of any kind: sheet not glued or laid down ( no hinges ): new archival backing: framed in a fine polished silver toned metal museum style modular frame with new museum grade UV protective plexiglas: a professionally restored very minor 3mm tear at the extreme bottom left sheet edge ( not visible ): frame shape distortion is from my camra lens only.
Born in Boise, Idaho, 1926, Beth van Hoesen worked in printmaking exclusively beginning in 1956. She studied with Daniel Mendelowitz at Stanford and Clyfford Still at S.F. Art Institute. Clyfford Still introduced her to his ideas of space relationship. "Her most influential teacher was David Park at S.F. Art Institute. His stubborn determination to work from the figure in an era of increasing and fashionable abstraction was an inspiration to her." (Robert Flynn Johnson, exhibition brochure, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara).
The nude and portraits were of special interest to her in her early work. Her later work centers around the still life and depiction of animals. Regarding her technique: "Her craftsmanship was impressive. Combining engraving, drypoint and sugarlift aquatint, sometimes using fingers in place of the traditional cotton swab, Van Hoesen wipes her plates with gradations of soft-edged color. " (Review by Andrew DeShong, Art Week, 3/9/74). "Her art is based on line...her compositions are straightforward...subject matter is deceptively limited. In her desire to achieve certain effects she has often shown to reluctant printers examples in the history of prints where some effect that they said was not possible to achieve was in fact done...The results were that the printer did what he thought he could not do...and the artist got the effect she desired." ( Robert Flynn Johnson, Exhibit brochure, de Saisset Art Museum.)
Van Hoesen received her B.A in 1948 from Stanford University and continued her studies at Escuela Esmaralda, Mexico; Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris; San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State College; Ecole des Beaux Arts de Fontainebleau, France, 1948; Academie Julian, Paris, 1948-50; and St. Cere/Aubusson, France, 1955. She was honored with the Award of Honor in Graphics from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 1981 and the Distinguished Artists Award in 1993 from the California Society of Printmakers. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art New York, Norton Simon Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Beth van Hoesen died in San Francisco, California on November 16, 2010. ( REF: Annex Galleries: Who Was Who in American Art: Falk: Askart ).