Lithographic Stone for "Tioga River"
2 1/8 x 14 7/8 x 10 3/4 in. (5.4 x 37.8 x 27.3 cm)
Bolton Coit Brown
(Dresden, NY, 1864 - 1936, Zena, NY)
Medium and Support:
Location: Not currently on view
This block represents one step in the lithography process, the point when the artist has drawn an image on the stone that will then be inked and printed. On this stone, Bolton Brown drew Tioga River.
Brown was one of the most important American lithographers of the 20th century, and is considered one of the foremost experts in lithography. He experimented with the chemistry of lithography and the making of lithographic crayons. He catalogued his prints with meticulous notes on how he prepared the surface of the stone, what crayon and etch he used, and what the atmospheric conditions were. Brown also printed lithograph stones drawn by other artists, including George Bellows.
In 1988, artist John Menihan and his wife donated their collection of more than fifty of Brown's lithographs to the Memorial Art Gallery, endowing the gallery with one of the most significant collections of Brown's prints in the United States.
Excerpted from installation text, Aug. 2011