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An Old Chestnut, 2007
Barry Moser

Relief engraving, numbered and signed edition of 150

$200 Member
$275 Non-Member

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An Old Chestnut by Barry Moser is a beautifully handcrafted tree of stunning perspective majestically rising up from the ground in an overreaching cloud of leaves and branches. Created in the fairly modern technique of relief engraving (engraving into the end grain wood) the process has yielded an extraordinarily detailed and refined image.

Barry Moser is one of America's most respected wood engravers and is considered one of the most important book illustrators working in America today. In addition to being an illustrator he is also a printer, painter, printmaker, designer and instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Born in Chattanooga Tennessee in 1940, Moser was educated at Auburn University, University of Tennessee and did graduate work at the University of Massachusetts. He studied under Leonard Baskin at the Gehenna Press. His work is represented in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC., The Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, and The Library of Congress to name a few. His monumental work on the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, completed in 1998, was featured in the only one-man exhibit ever to be mounted at the Library of the National Gallery of Art by a living artist.

Special Information: Relief engraving, signed and numbered edition of 150 printed on Dulcet paper. Sold unframed. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Smithsonian.

Image Dimensions: 5 15/16 x 6 ½ inches

Paper Dimensions: 8 ¾ x 8 ¾ inches

Produced by: Printer Art Larson, Horton Tank Graphics, Hadley, MA