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William Gropper
American (1897 - 1977) Primary

Slicing the Catch

Etching and lift-ground
State: 3/25

15 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in. (39.37 cm x 29.85 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2012.27.448
Other Number(s): 894 (Donor Number)
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Etchings
Culture/Nationality: American
Collection: Levine Collection

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  • Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
  • etchings - Prints made from an etched printing plate, which is a metal plate on which a design is made by coating the plate with an acid-resistant substance, creating a design in the coating, and then exposing the plate to acid, which etches the plate where the metal is exposed. For designs incised directly into a copper plate using a burin or graver, use "engravings (prints)."
  • fish - General term referring to animals from several evolutionary lines and thus not properly a taxonomic group. The term refers to aquatic animals found in the fresh and salt waters all over the world, characterized by being cold-blooded, living and breathing primarily in the water throughout their lives, possessing gill slits, a notochord or skeletal supporting rod, a dorsal hollow nerve cord, a tail, scales covering the body, and two sets of paired fins and several unpaired fins. Living species range from the primitive jawless lampreys and hagfishes through the jawed fishes with cartilaginous skeletons such as sharks, skates, and rays to the abundant and diverse bony fishes.
  • fishmongers - Generally, anyone who sells fish. Historically, the Fishmongers' Company was one of the "Great Twelve" livery companies of the city of London.
  • lift-ground - Aquatint process in which the image is drawn on the plate with a water-soluble solution; the plate is covered with a ground and submerged in water which dissolves the solution, lifts the ground, and exposes the image areas so the plate can be etched.
  • men - Refers to male human beings from young adulthood through old age.
  • social realism - Refers to works depicting realistic situations with tones of social protest, common especially in the 1930s and 1940s. For the representational art in Communist countries sanctioned by the government, use "Socialist Realist."

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  • Plate Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (39.37 x 29.845 cm)

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