Early 20th Century, Landscapes, Lithograph, Prints

Stow Wengenroth on a Print’s Purpose

A beautiful quote by lithographer Stow Wengenroth, found in the pages of  “The Lithographs of Stow Wengenroth” by Ronald and Joan Stuckey:

Cape Ann Willows   [Rockport, Massachusetts.] Stow Wengenroth. Lithograph, 1947. Image size 8 3/4 x 13 1/2

Cape Ann Willows. Stow Wengenroth. Lithograph, 1947. Image size 8 3/4 x 13 1/2″ (222 x 342 mm). LINK.

“If a little of the pleasure I got from being near those willows in that beautiful spot and if a little of the exhilaration I felt on being out-of-doors on those early September days are conveyed to those who behold the print, I shall have accomplished something for them… It is the season of quiet, of serenity and repose. That time of stillness, of arrested animation, is what I would like the print to convey. Such days are dramatic in their restrain, but they live long in our memories.. The print will serve its purpose well if it conveys to those who see it something of the enthusiasm and pleasure that went into its making.” -Stow Wengenroth (1906-1978).

“The Lithographs of Stow Wengenroth” is a masterful and thorough compendium of his work, process, and writings. As compelling as it is helpful, it would make a great resource for any Wengenroth collector or print enthusiast.