Cafeteria Still Life
Fred Becker (1913 - )
etching on paper, 1939
7 7/8 x 6 inches
Fred Becker worked for the New York City Graphics WPA program, where he earned $23.86 per week. Becker was influenced by the work of Alexander King, a Viennese immigrant. He later taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where in 2003, there was a retrospective exhibit of his work.
To make an etching, the artist coats a copper or zinc plate with wax and draws through the wax with tools, exposing the metal. The plate is dipped in acid, which eats away at the bare metal areas to create fine lines. The lines accept the ink and the plate is printed.
Look carefully at the details of this delicate image to discover what is in some of the containers in this still life.
Collection of the Illinois State Museum
photograph by Gary Andrashko
ISM Accession #: 1983.61.14
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