Stow Wengenroth


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Printmaker and draftsman. Known particularly for sharply focused, detailed lithographs of New England's landscape and architecture, he numbered among his generation's finest craftsmen in black-and-white media. His technical expertise produced a wide range of tones and effects. Born in Brooklyn, he trained at the Art Students League and the Grand Central School of Art between 1923 and 1927. He lived for most of his life on Long Island, but after twenty years in Greenport moved permanently in 1974 to Rockport, on the Massachusetts shore north of Boston. His devotion to the natural and manmade landscapes of the picturesque New England coast paralleled 1930s interests in regional description among the artists of the American Scene movement. In Moonlight (1937), a view of two boats beached at low tide in the Rockport inner harbor, a lambent light suffuses the nocturnal scene. With its velvety surfaces, deep shadows, and sharply edged details, the prosaic view takes on a gently mysterious aura. The more dramatic Untamed (1947) shows several crows flying through an atmospherically rendered rainstorm above a forest clearing filled with minutely delineated vegetation and dead trees. He died in a hospital in Gloucester, not far from his home. In 1936 he published Making a Lithograph.

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