Woodblock print, page size 11" x 8 1/2", block print size 6 3/8" x 5 1/4", mat size 13 1/2" x 11".
White mats, with glassine over print, taped to back mat.
Titled "Negro Maid", artist signed, print # 29 of 29, dated 1926 (actually printed in the 1990s)
Creamy white paper with black ink impression.
Good condition, no mars to print, sections of the print have less intense black coloration, due to varied ink amounts on woodblock. NOTE: due to reflection on the print, this variation in color is exaggerated, the color is only slightly different in a few areas.
Very stylized image, depicting an African American woman, with ironing board and houses in background.
Like all of Washington's prints, it is well balanced, evocative, and modernist.
Earl Marshawn Washington, born in 1962, began printing a variety of woodblock prints in the 1990's attributing them to his grandfather, Earl Mack Washington (1862-1952). Until he was found to be the maker of the prints, many sold as original art by an unknown and very talented African-American artist. After investigation, Washington admitted that he was the printmaker and his story about his alleged grandfather was a fabrication. After he took credit and responsibility for the story and for the work, the prints became collectible, and are now offered by major galleries and dealers of fine prints, especially for their African American themes, very stylized and artful images.
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