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Anthropograph #19

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Anthropograph #19

Artist: Hedda Sterne (American, born Romania, 1910 - 2011)
Date: 1949
Medium: Oil on linen
Dimensions:
Frame: 41 1/4 × 31 1/4 × 2 in. (104.8 × 79.4 × 5.1 cm.)
Canvas: 40 × 30 in. (101.6 × 76.2 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 2020.2
Accession number: 2020.2
Classification: painting
Label TextHedda Sterne began producing a series of works called "Anthropographs" in 1947. Construction equipment, stoves, boilers, scientific instruments, and other industrial contraptions were depicted by her as strange, human-like apparatuses. Anthropograph #19 is a prime example from this series, showcasing Sterne's curiosity for American inventions but also her interest in the otherworldly. In 2006, Sterne expressed that she "had a feeling that machines were unconcious self-portraits of people's psyches: the grasping, the wanting, the agression that's in a machine." Untitled is a monotype produced by Sterne after completing Anthrograph #19. This work is unique in that Sterne did nor produce monotypes after many of her painitngs. To create the work, Sterne employed "transfer drawing" - a printmaking technique that involved drawing with pencil onto the backside of the sheet, while the paper sat on top of a painted surface or matrix so the image was pressed onto the front. The monotype is encased in a special frame that allows viewers to see both the front and backsides. DMAC News, Apr May Jun 2020
SignedHedda Sterne 1949 (l,r paint)
Hedda Sterne (verso l,l graphite)
Exhibition HistoryNewYork, NY, Hedda Sterne: Machines, 1947-1951, Van Doren Waxter, March 1O-April 29, 2016, cal. ill. p. 19.
entirely unexpected