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by Jeffrey Coven
The Prints of Ernest Fiene:
A Catalogue Raisonné
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Untitled [Brooklyn Bridge]*
Catalogue Entry # 54
(Click here for explanation of catalogue entry #s and titles.)


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Date: 1929

Medium: Lithograph

Edition: 40**

Dimensions: 17 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.***

Printer: Edmond Desjobert

Typical pencil annotations on impressions from the edition: Just below the image: numbered (l.l.) signed and dated (l.r.) all in pencil

Public collections holding this print: BIAA; BMFA; MoMA; NYPL; OMAA; PRF; SUAC

Topic galleries for this print:
1. New York City Scenes
2. Nocturnes
3. Prints with a French Connection

Notes

Title: *Although this print is universally known in dealer listings and auction catalogues as "Brooklyn Bridge," Fiene did not inscribe a title in pencil on any observed impression.

Impressions outside the edition: **Several impressions from a first state, have been observed. For example, The BMFA impression of this print is annotated in pencil, l.l.: "First State 1/10" and the PRF impression is annotated in pencil, l.l.: "First State 10/10," indicating that all 10 first state impressions were printed. For a number of other prints, Fiene created small, numbered "editions" of first state proofs.

Dimensions: ***The size of the sheet pasted to the backing (of the NYPL impression) is 18 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. The size of the backing sheet for the same impression is 24 3/8 x 19 in. (See chine collé for further explanation of this printing technique.)

Creation of the image: During Fiene's sojourn in Paris from December 1928 through most of 1929, the artist intended to capture the architecture and street life of this city as he had of New York. However, he missed "the feeling of size and bulk" of New York. One result of this nostalgia manifested itself in the lithograph "Brooklyn Bridge" which he created on stone from memory in Paris, and which was "miraculously" printed by Desjobert. (Art Students League News, August 15, 1951).


Ernest Fiene standing on the Brooklyn Bridge (n.d.)

Paper and printing technique: Many impressions in the edition are printed on chine collé. This technique was a favorite with his Paris printer Edmond Desjobert.

Rounded Corners: Fiene lithographs with rounded corners include this work, Winter, Spring, and White Rose in a Vase.

At least one of the first state impressions is printed on heavy wove paper.

Related Work: (See below.)

(at left) Untitled [Brooklyn Bridge], c. 1928, oil on canvas, 22 1/4 x 18 1/4 in.

Fiene rendered this same image in oil in several different color schemes. One variant is below.

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