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1929 Aquatone Ernest Roth Fiesole Cathedral Tower Florence Italy Cityscape XAU4

1929 Aquatone Ernest Roth Fiesole Cathedral Tower Florence Italy Cityscape XAU4

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This is an original 1929 tipped-in monochrome aquatone of an etching, "Fiesole, Florence."


This 82+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please Note: the word "Repro" appears in the bottom left margin of the print.

  • Product Type: Original Aquatone Print; Monochrome
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 7.5 x 10 inches; 19 x 25 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of beautiful 1929 tipped-in aquatones of original etchings and drypoints by Ernest D. Roth, N.A. Produced with the aquatone process, which employs a photosensitized gelatin and fine halftone screen, each piece deftly and delicately captures the nuanced line and tone of the original etchings, and are exceptionally printed on a white, medium-weight woven stock.

The collection features an individual image of the iconic Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while the remaining images are comprised of the architecture and cityscapes of various European cities, including Venice and Florence, Italy, Chartres and Amiens, France and Toledo, Spain.

Originating from the hand of one of the foremost American etchers of the time, Ernest D. Roth, these images beautifully capture not merely the physical appearance of these places, but the essential and unique atmosphere of each distinct locale. The result of RothÕs skill and the beautiful aquatone process is a spirited and emotive revelation, and a deeper connection to cities of historic significance and beauty. Each piece is characterized by RothÕs deft use of light, tone and value, which mingle with restrained, yet expressive, line work. The result is a visual synthesis, a poetic union of reality as it appears and the fugitive memories of a wistful past.

The pieces in this collection offer a wonderful opportunity to own unique representations of famous cities, which are at once beautiful, but refrain from simple vanity; the perfect addition to a collection.

This piece was illustrated by Roth, Ernest D.. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.

Roth, Ernest D.

Ernest D. Roth (1879-1964) was a twentieth century German-born American artist primarily working in Europe and America.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1879, Roth, at the age of five, immigrated to the United States with his family. Trained as a painter at the National Academy of Design and the New York School of Art, Roth frequently contributed to exhibitions at the National Academy and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. His paintings depict American and European cities, characterized by simple, static and depopulated compositions rendered with colorful geometric structure. However, the lack of the human form within, and the geometric structure of, his compositions do not preclude RothÕs work from eliciting a deep and abiding emotional response; an aptitude he fully developed in his etchings and drypoints.

Though beginning his artistic career as a landscape painter working in oils, Roth became considered one of the foremost American etchers of the early twentieth century. His prints retain the same thematic focus as his paintings, but fully exploit the unique capabilities of etching to generate nuanced light, tone, value and line. RothÕs mature work displays a hard-earned and deft style, gaining emotional effect through the discreet selection of subject, the judicious rendering of significant detail and equally judicious elimination of the insignificant. His mature style exhibits absolute control of the process, no longer relying on deep and complex biting of his plates, but employing a painterÕs method of achieving graduated tone, expertly pairing his images with select paper chosen for its own expressive capabilities. The culmination of this mature process was a visual synthesis of subject, style and execution resulting in the poetic union of beauty and brutality.

RothÕs skills as a painter and printmaker earned him numerous awards and accolades. His work is in the permanent collections of prestigious museums throughout the world, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

Keywords specific to this image: Landscape, Romanesque Architecture, Picturesque Europe

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