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Copyright ©
2006-2007
by Jeffrey Coven
The Prints of Ernest Fiene:
A Catalogue Raisonné
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Untitled [Portrait of a Woman Sleeping]
Catalogue Entry # 16
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Date: c. 1922-24*

Medium: Etching

Edition: 24**

Dimensions: 4 15/16 x 5 15/16 in.

Printer: Ernest Fiene***

Typical pencil annotations on impressions from the edition: Just below the image: numbered (l.l.), signed (l.r.)***

Public collections holding this print: BIAA, PhMA

Topic galleries for this print:
1. Portraits
2. Prints in media other than lithography

Notes

*Date: The dating of this etching is no more than a speculation based on several factors: 1) Fiene was more likely to have done etchings earlier in his career. One reference to an unobserved etching gives a date of 1922. Only seven intaglios have been observed and none with a date later than 1932. 2) He studied etching and lithography at the Art Students League (taught at the time by Joseph Pennell and Eugene Fitsch) in 1923. 3) The catalogue of his exhibition at the New Gallery, New York City, in 1924, includes a portfolio of eleven unspecified etchings but no prints in any other medium. Presumably this is one of them.

**Edition: The impression of this work in the collection of the Butler Institute of American Art (BIAA) is numbered "7/10." No certain explanation is currently available for the discrepancy, but most likely the Butler impression is an edition of an earlier state. Occasionally Fiene numbered a first state edition, but generally annotated it as such. (See Brooklyn Bridge.)

***Signatures and Printing: Fiene signed "Ernest Fiene, Imp" (click for explanation) on the BIAA and on the unnumbered PhMA impression (See immediately below.), but only "Ernest Fiene" on the impressions from the edition of 24. This suggests he printed the edition of 10 himself as well as the unnumbered impression outside the edition, but not the edition of 24. It is not known who printed the edition of 24.

Impression outside the edition / Inscription: The PhMA impression is unnumbered and inscribed "to my friend Julius Bloch" (American artist-printmaker 1888-1966).

Related Work: A sleeping woman is also the central figure of the lithograph Asleep and a painting of the same title.

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