Bartlett, Charles (1860 - 1940), "Benaras, Early Morning (Pre-Earthquake)"
|Title||Benaras, Early Morning (Pre-Earthquake)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Miles #18|
|Size||11 -1/4 x 16 "|
|Condition||Fine, with fresh colors.|
Notes: Signed by the artist in red pencil in lower left margin. The blue variant state, as illustrated in the Honolulu catalog. Displays much stronger overall colors than the example shown in Miles.
Bartlett's 1916 woodblock prints of Indian scenes were already on exhibition at the galleries of the Berlin Photographic Company in New York City that same year, alongside color woodblock prints by such American artists as Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922) and Margaret Patterson (1867-1950). His prints found immediate appreciation on the American market. When he hand a one-man show of Asian subjects in New York in 1919, his work was euphemistically described as 'raised to high spiritual significance, and made to breathe the very spirit and mood of the East'. Over the next two decades he continued to rework Asian themes.
Bartlett may have learnt to paint with Japanese brush and ink, but his work is never calligraphic. His dry, thin lines probably reflect his training as an etcher.