Grace Arnold Albee (1890 - 1985)
Grace Arnold Albee (1890 – 1985)
Born in Scituate, Rhode Island, Grace Arnold completed studies at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1912 and married the muralist Percy Albee in 1913. In the mid-1920s, she began making linocuts, which were exhibited at Providence in late 1927. With the Albees' move to Paris in 1928, Grace Albee studied briefly with Paul Bornet, whose wood engravings had attracted her attention. She produced wood engravings bearing her meticulous, highly refined style beginning in 1929. Their subject matter reflected her changing surroundings, as the Albees moved from Paris to New York City, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and finally to Barrington and Bristol, Rhode Island. In 1942, Grace Albee was elected an associate of the national Academy of Design in New York, and a full member in 1946. Her work is held by many leading institutional and private collections. Though Albee is less well known than many of her contemporaries, she ranks among the greatest wood engravers of Twentieth Century America.
Au Bon Marché - Annercy
Wood engraving in sanguine, 1932; edition of 30. Image size 3” x 2-7/8”; sheet size 6½” x 6-3/16” Printed on thin tissue. Numbered 10/30, inscribed, signed, and dated in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. Fine.
Butchering At Mr. Fluck's Place
Wood engraving on thin paper, 1941; edition of 125. Image size 10-3/8” x 8-3/16”; sheet size 11-7/8” x 9-5/8”. Numbered 8/125, titled, and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. A fine impression dry mounted to archival mounting board. Small loss, approximately 5/16" x 1½" in upper left corner well away from the image area.
Wood engraving, 1930; edition of 25. Image size 3-1/8” x 2-1/8”; sheet size 6-3/16” x 5¼”. Numbered 20/25, titled, signed, and dated in pencil together with the artist's stamp in the lower margin. Fine.
L'escarene - Southern France
Wood engraving on thin paper, 1929; edition of 30. Image size 3-3/16” x 2-1/8”; sheet size 6” x 4-5/8”. Numbered 27/30, titled, signed and dated by artist, together with the artist's stamp, in the lower margin. Fine.
Old Burying Ground - St. Paul's Chapel, New York City
Wood engraving on thin paper, 1935; edition of 20. Image size 4-3/16” x 2-1/16”; sheet size 6-5/8” x 4-7/8”. Numbered 12/20, titled, and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. Fine.