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James D Havens Wood Block Print Done with Mirrors 1951

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Directory: Fine Art: Prints: Woodcuts: Pre 1960: Item # 1297749

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James Dexter Havens(1900-1960)is one of the best known graphic artists of America and won national recognition. He had an infinite capacity for taking pains which is a well known definition of genius. His keen artistic sense, his love of nature and the whimsical humor which is one of his distinguishing characteristics, brought him well deserved success. He had commissions to create the membership print for the Prairie Print Makers, the Woodcut Society of New York and the American Color Print Society. He was an associate of the National Academy(A.N.A.). His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Museum. and many others. There are many entries on the internet about this great artist and his works. This very interesting wood block print, is a self portrait entitled "done with Mirrors", depicting a serious Mr. Havens, smoking a pipe, probably at the age of 51 since it is dated 1951. He died 9 years latter at the relatively young age of 60. I can only surmise that some of the background has to do with his reflections on his life as he approached his remaining years with what may have been an illness. In the background are the artist's pallet, a compass, prints within a print, papers tacked to a surface, a reflection of the back of his head and a bird holding his print signature. With the frame, it measures 16" x 13". The measurements of the print showing are 10 3/4" x 8.5" showing. The acid free mat covers part of the margins that are not cropped. Signed "...done with mirrors" 46/50 and James D. Havens, 1951. Excellent condition. No foxing or problems. Return privilege, providing item returned within 3 days of receipt, in sent condition. Sales tax collected if sold in New York state unless valid tax number and resale certificate collected. Thank you for looking.