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by Jeffrey Coven
The Prints of Ernest Fiene:
A Catalogue Raisonné --
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Central Park
Catalogue Entry # 14
Currently Entries #2-13 are empty in order to leave spaces for currently undiscovered or unverified prints.
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Photo of Central Park by Ernest Fiene
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum Purchase

For an enlargment, please click the image.

Please note: All other photos of Central Park appearing in this catalogue raisonné and on this website are courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Date: c. 1922-24*

Medium: Drypoint

Edition: At least 3**

Dimensions: 6 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.

Printer: Ernest Fiene***

Typical pencil annotations on impressions from the edition: Just below the image: numbered, titled and annotated "Dry point" (l.l.); signed and annotated "imp" (l.r.) following the signature***

Public collections holding this print: SAAM

Topic galleries for this print:
1. New York City Scenes
2. Prints in mediums other than lithography

Notes.

*Date: The dating of this print is no more than a speculation based on several factors: 1) Fiene was more likely to have made etchings, and more generally intaglio prints, earlier in his career, mostly very early. The earliest reference to a print by Fiene is for an etching dated 1922 -- though not having been observed is not yet included in this catalogue. Only seven intaglios have been observed and none with a date later than 1932. The vast majority of Fiene's prints beginning in 1926 are lithographs. 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 annotation pattern on the only observed impression (SAAM) is atypical. (See below.)

**Edition: Currently the only observed impression of "Central Park," on which no edition is indicated, is the one in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) .

*** Printer and Annotations: The SAAM impression is signed (l.l.) "Ernest Fiene imp -" where "imp" is the abbreviation for the Latin word "impressit" meaning, "he/she printed it." Following the artist's signature, this abbreviation signifies the work was printed by the artist.


Detail of Central Park by Ernest Fiene
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum Purchase

The SAAM impression is annotated "3 Central Park - Dry point" (l.r.) See below.


Detail of Central Park by Ernest Fiene
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum Purchase

This annotation pattern does not conform to the typical pattern seen in most of Fiene's later prints, reinforcing the early dating estimated above.

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