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John Taylor Arms
Apple Tree

1928

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Apple Tree (The Blighted Tree, Fairfield or La Pommier). 1920. Etching. Fletcher 67. 7 7/8 x 7 1/16 (sheet 11 5/8 x 9). Edition 75 (+ 2 trial proofs). A fine impression printed on the full sheet of [FJ Hea]d & Co cream wove paper by Frederick Reynolds. This etching is based upon a drawing sone in Fairfield, Connecticut. Housed in a 20 x 16-inch archival mat suitable for framing. Apple Tree (The Blighted Tree, Fairfield or La Pommier). 1920. Etching. Fletcher 67. 7 7/8 x 7 1/16 (sheet 11 5/8 x 9). Edition 75 (+ 2 trial proofs). A fine impression printed on the full sheet of [FJ Hea]d & Co cream wove paper by Frederick Reynolds. $375. This etching is based upon a drawing sone in Fairfield, Connecticut. John Tayler Arms was born on April 19, 1887 in Washington D.C., and studied law at Princeton University and then transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study architecture, earning a masters degrees in 1912. For five years after his graduation, he worked for Carrere and Hastings, an architectural firm and then became a partner in another firm named Clark and Adams. In 1913, he made his first etching and by 1927 began exhibiting his architectural etchings at the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York. He also worked in aquatint and drypoint and often combined the three methods. In addition to medieval architecture, he etched scenes of Maine and a series of American cities. Arms became one of the most famous printmakers of the early 20th century. He was known for his medieval architectural etchings that combined precise realism with a sense of soaring spirituality. He believed that Gothic architecture was man's greatest achievement, uniting spiritual and aesthetic values, and was best known for his renderings of gargoyles and European churches. He was remarkably prolific, considering that he worked slowly and deliberately and spent much time traveling, writing, and lecturing. He was a member of principal art organizations including the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and he wrote several books on prints and printmaking including "Handbook on Printmaking and Printmakers." Arms etched 429 prints before his death at age 66. John Taylor Arms died on October 15, 1953. John Taylor Arms (1887–1953) is one of the foremost American printmakers of the first half of the 20th century. Trained as an architect, he spent the majority of his 50-year career documenting Europe’s great Gothic churches. Arms believed that art could be a tool for the spiritual and moral improvement of mankind and that Gothic cathedrals represented “the most significant expression of man’s aspirations.” He viewed printmaking as a vehicle for disseminating images of subjects that would uplift and inspire contemporary society.

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  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 16 in. x D 2 in.H 50.8 cm x W 40.64 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Storrs, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU33522652261
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