Linocut on wove paper, 11 7/8" by 15", the subject "Sheep Ranch" written at lower left margin, also numbered there in pencil 98/380 and pencil signed at lower right margin where it is also dated "50", by the listed woman artist from Oklahoma, INA ANNETTE (1901-1990). Annette was born in Oklahoma and is most closely associated with that state, but she traveled throughout the intermountain west in search of subject matter. Before 1940 she was in New Mexico. A student of Birger Sandzen, Doel Reed, George Bridgman and Oscar Brousse Jacobsen, she would have been in the presence of some of the finer artists and printmakers of her era. This powerful work displaying the bare bones of the western rugged landscape is a successful image, certainly bearing resemblance to the prints of Sandzen and Doel Reed. Unfortunately this example has suffered from careless handling, though, luckily, it has survived in good enough condition to remain collectable. The margins are torn and in some areas missing, and there is a diagonal paper crease, basically visible from the reverse side. Despite these flaws, a collector could mat this tightly cropped, so as to hide all the margin issues, yet, maintain the signature and title areas. See the net for more images of Annette's work. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS OF ART NOW IN MY SHOP.
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