|Description: We offer a pencil signed lithograph by Fletcher Martin. The image is 7 ⅞” x 11 ⅞” on ivory wove paper which measures 9 ¾” x 13 ¾”. Boxers were a frequent subjects of Martin, who captured threads of American life with his potent, stylized realism. Here the title adds a layer of twisted humor. The image shows a clear knockout punch; hardly a “Lullaby.” Published, c.1942, by the Association of American Artists in an edition of 250. PR00258
From the accompanying Associated American Artist label: Fletcher Martin, born in Palisades, California in 1904, gained an immediate reputation for his paintings of the famous waterfront in San Francisco, rodeos, boxing matches, and other phases indigenous to American life. He is the recipient of many prize awards, including the first prize at the All-California Exhibition. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the William Nelson Rockhill Gallery, the San Francisco Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Denver Museum, as well as in many private collections. In 1943 Martin went to North Africa as a war-artist correspondent for Life Magazine, arriving in Casablanca just as the Germans began retreating. He followed the battle to Algiers, Tunis, Cape Bon and Mateur.”
Fletcher Martin (1904-1979) was a largely self-taught painter, printmaker and muralist. He worked as a printer in Los Angeles in the late 1920s, and as an assistant to Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros in the early 1930s. Martin was commissioned to paint several murals for the W.P.A. His most ambitious mural, “Legends of Fernandino and Gabrileno Indians,” was painted for North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles in 1937.
Condition: The print is lightly toned and has margins of approximately one inch all the way around. The edges on the verso have thin strips of paper mounting tape. Print is generally in good condition and quite presentable.