DescriptionFROM THE ESTATE OF DR. EDMUND P. PILLSBURY
ANTHONY GROSS (British, 1905-1984)
Running Tree, 1954
9 x 11-3/4 inches (22.9 x 29.8 cm)
Signed, titled and numbered in pencil
The painter-etcher Anthony Gross was one of the outstanding print-makers of his generation. Between 1920 and the year of his death he produced about 400 etchings, engravings and lithographs, and many marvelous book illustrations. The subjects of his work form an almost continuous record of his early travels in Europe and North Africa, and his later periods of residence in England and France, as well as his years as War Artist. The development of his highly personal vision can be traced from the early French, Spanish and North African landscapes in the manner of Rembrandt, through the linear work of the 1930s, to his almost abstract post-war work and the later engraved scenes of life in rural France and urban London.
In 1926, with his classmate at the Academie Julian, William S. Hayter, Gross learned engraving, etching and other printing techniques from Joseph Hecht, the remarkable Polish-born engraver.
In 1954, the same year he produced Running Tree, Gross designed the dust-jacket drawing for William Golding's celebrated novel, Lord of the Flies. It was also the year he began teaching printmaking at the Slade School in London, the same school where he had received his early training under Professor Henry Tonks, whose insistence upon intellectual rigor in draftsmanship left a keen mark on Gross and his other stellar pupils including Stanley Spencer, Augustus John, Gwen John, Mark Gertler, and David Bomberg.
Although acquisition records for this etching are not preserved, it seems highly likely that Ted Pillsbury purchased it in London during the 1960s while studying art history at the Courtauld Institute.
In apparently very good condition aside from a crease at the lower left corner, soft handling creases, not examined out of frame
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