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Skiing Etching, Downhill Skiers by Y.E. Soderberg, 1935

$575

Yngve Edward Soderberg (1896-1971)
[Downhill Skiers]
American: 2nd Quarter 20th Century
Drypoint and black-and-white etching
Signed in pencil lower right
Numbered in pencil as edition of 85 lower left
17 x 11.5 inches, overall
11 x 8 inches, platemark
$575

A man skis down a steep hill, spraying powder in his wake, as two others follow. The skillful uncluttered composition contrasts black and white tones to capture the dynamism of downhill skiing.

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Yngve Edward Soderberg was an American painter and printmaker who spent much of his career in Mystic, Connecticut, and taught in nearby New London. He was known for his maritime scenes, including yacht regattas. He authored the classic instructional book Drawing Boats and Ships, originally published in 1959 and reissued periodically since then, most recently in 2006. He worked in watercolor, etching, and lithography, and in addition to nautical subjects often depicted snow and ski scenes as well as people in landscape settings performing activities of daily life. Born in Chicago, he studied at the Art Institute there, and in New York City at the Art Students League. As a WPA artist during the Depression, he painted the mural Canal Era at the Morrisville Post Office in Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Chicago Society of Etchers and the Society of American Etchers and its successor organization, the Society of American Graphic Artists, and exhibited with these organizations. He also exhibited at Grand Central Art Gallery and Kennedy Gallery, both in New York. His work was collected by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lyman Allyn Museum, the Library of Congress, the Denver Art Museum, and Nelson-Atkins Museum. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has two Soderberg drypoint prints from 1935 (see References below).

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Remnants of brown paper tape hinge on backside top.

References:

Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 582.

Gilbert, Dorothy B., ed. Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts and R.R. Bowker, 1959. p. 535.

“Yngve Edward Soderberg.” Smithsonian American Art Museum. http://americanart.si.edu/search/artist_bio.cfm?StartRow=1&ID=4537 (7 August 2007)

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Century

20th Century