Wet Weather Branch. 1934. Etching. 4 x 7 3/5 (sheet 8 1/2 x 11 1/8). A fine impression printed on 'J Whatmans' cream wove paper. Signed in pencil. $200.
Arthur Hall was born in the small town of Bowie, Texas and spent his childhood in Oklahoma and Virginia. His initial formal training was at the Chicago Art Institute where he met his future wife, Norma Bassett. In 1922, he and Norma Bassett were married and they both taught school in in El Dorado, Texas. In 1925, the Halls traveled to Europe where they spent about two years studying and sketching along the Riviera and in England and Scotland. During their travels they met the noted English etcher E.S. Lumsden and his wife Mable Royds, a well recognized block print artist. A warm friendship ensued and the Halls then spent a year studying in Lumsdenís studio. While they were in Southern France, Hall had acquired an etching press and began seriously pursing etching. After two years in Europe, the Halls returned to Kansas, again settling in El Dorado where Hall resumed his job as a court reporter. It was during this time that the Halls became active participants in the group of artists in the Wichita area, and by 1930 joined this group as Charter Members of the Prairie Print Makers. In 1944 they purchased the 200 year old adobe home and studio of artist, Gerald Cassidy in Santa Fe. They remained there until 1950 when they purchased Rancho del Rio, an adobe estate near Alcade, a village between Taos and Santa Fe. Hallís etchings received notable, national acclaim. In both 1927 and 1937 he was awarded two prestigious prizes and in addition was selected to create the Gift Print, not just for the Prairie Print Makers, but also the Chicago Society of Etchers and the Printmakers Society of California.
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