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Beth Van Hoesen: Fauna & Flora

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From her firehouse studio and home, printmaker Beth Van Hoesen (1926–2010) made a career from observing creatures, and casual moments with sensitivity and diligence. She worked from life, drawing nudes and newborn babies, landscapes and buildings, vegetables, fruits, flowers, wild animals, and family pets. Van Hoesen would spend more than 50 years making traditional prints with a modern approach to the arrangement of space on a plane. She continually sought the elegance and economy in the refined line, never content until a print was just right and the essence of her subject had been perfectly, cleanly expressed.

Beth Van Hoesen: Fauna & Flora devotes two essays to the dutiful renderings of flowers and animals for which Van Hoesen is best known. Using curator, artist, and printer interviews alongside quotations from Van Hoesen’s unpublished 1981 journal, Bob Hicks examines her work within the context of the contemporary art world and the history of figurative art.

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