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Sortie d'Usine No. 1

Item Code: AG-3014-s
Medium
Etching
Date of Work
1930
Edition Size
40
Signed
Signed
Height (cm)
23.9
Width (cm)
30.7
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Signed etching from an edition of 40 only.

During the 1930s Gross’s etching and painting came to achieve a kind of equipoise: one medium might reciprocally feed the other, and this was especially true of the etchings following the La Zone oils, a series of observations of daily life in a Parisian workers’ slum. The energy and confidence of these 1930 narrative figure paintings marked a new stage in Gross’s work in oils, but the etched versions that quickly followed were hardly slavish copies: they were genuine originals in their own right, absorbing and affecting extensions of the paintings, using unusual etching techniques that challenged accepted canons in printmaking. Julian Freeman, 2021.
Anthony Gross portraitAnthony Gross was born in London in 1905 and studied painting and engraving at the Slade. Later he studied in Paris and Madrid and spent much of his time in France. In 1940 Gross evacuated his family on one of the last ships to leave Bordeaux. He was appointed an Official War Artist and landed in Normandy with the Allied troops on D-Day, holding his materials aloft as he waded ashore.

Gross was very prolific, producing more than 500 pictures during the War. Post-war, he stayed in France before finally buying a house in the south-west in 1955 and settled into a pattern of living and working there during the summer but returning to London each winter. In 1980 he was elected an R.A. Gross died in 1984.
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