James Swann In Quest of a Printmaker
With Presentations Prints of The Chicago Society of Etchers, Prairie Print Makers, and The Woodcut Society
Author: Joseph S. Czestochowski
Catalogue Raisonne: Bertha Jacques
Publisher/Date: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa (c. 1990) First Paperback Edition
Format/Condition: New paperback book in Fine condition. 165 pages. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white.
Description: This book includes a catalog of published prints and selected exhibitions.
James Swann was born in Merkel, Texas in 1905, and studied at Sul Ross State Teachers College, Texas. Moving to Chicago, he became an active leader of the Chicago Society of Etchers and the Prairie Print Makers. His love for Chicago was displayed in his etchings with great affection and admiration, suggesting an almost dream-like quality. This romanticism of the city is contrary to that of Carl Sandburg's poetry and Upton Sinclair's book, The Jungle, voicing criticism of social conditions existing at that time.
Contents: James Swann's Distinguished Legacy; In Quest of Print Makers by Swann; Lecture to the Print Club of Rochester by Swann; Chronology; Catalogue Raisonne of Published Prints, detailing 271 prints; A Selection of Drawings; Selected Exhibition Record and Bibliography; Index of Published Print Titles; and Appendices -- Chicago Society of Etchers - Presentation Prints 1912-1955, Prairie Print Makers - Presentation Prints - 1931-1965, The Woodcut Society - Presentation Prints - 1932-1952 and Index of Artists.