Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Storm van Gravesande’s lithograph (algraph) “Decline of Day”


Carel Nicolaas Storm van 'S Gravesande (aka Charles Storm van Gravesande) (1841–1924)
“Decline of Day”, 1897, published by “The Studio” (1897)
Original lithograph (algraph) printed in blue-black ink on cream wove paper with the artist’s monograph (lower right) and dry stamped with the publisher’s monogram (below the image borderline at lower right).
Size: (sheet) 20.9 x 29.1 cm; (image borderline) 14 x 22.8 cm
Idburyprints offers an excellent description of this print and explains the algraph process of lithography: http://www.idburyprints.com/index.php?page=print_style_view.php&pid=5431&s_name=Hague%20School&s_table=style&s_title=style&sp_id=24&page1=1

Condition: faultless impression with full margins (as published) in near pristine condition.

I am selling this early exploration of a fresh way to create a lithograph using an aluminium plate for AU$126 in total (currently US$96.86/EUR86.23/GBP74.38 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. If you are interested in purchasing this softly beautiful print of fading light on the shoreline, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


I can imagine that this very beautiful (algraph) lithograph may not appeal to everyone’s taste. After all, the image is very blurry and there is only the merest suggestion of details revealing a panoramic view along a seashore with silhouettes of buildings and ships in the far distance. To my eyes, however, this print is all about pictorial ambiguity: a delight in almost understanding what is portrayed but not with any degree of certainty. 





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