This print is an excellent example of the artist's mastery of architectural etching at mid-career. With an astonishing repertory of lines - some almost microscopic - Arms achieved an extraordinary verisimilitude of textures, details, and shimmering tonal nuances of light and shadow. Arms greatly admired the distinctive etchings of Venice made in the 1880s by the influential American expatriate artist James McNeill Whistler, but he developed a quite different graphic style. In contrast to Whistler's loose and sketchy etched lines that sparely depict typical Venetian scenes, as for example in his 'Upright Venice', in 'Venetian Mirror' Arms tightly rendered one of Italy's most celebrated sights with almost photographic exactitude.
'Venetian Mirror' is the last of twenty-seven prints Arms executed for his "Italian Series," which he began in 1925 with views of Florence. In 1930, Arms and his wife traveled to Venice, which was the subject of several masterful etchings he made between 1930 and 1935. - Terra Foundation
|Plate/image Size||16.1 x 35.8 cm|
|Sheet Size||26.1 x 46.8 cm|
|Reference||Fletcher 289 ii|