Untitled, (night) by Fred Schwab

  • Title: Untitled, (night)
  • Artist: Fred Schwab
  • Medium: Monoprint
  • Size: 21"h x 21"w
  • Added to collection: 2019
  • Donor: Gift of Wally Schwab
  • Campus: Rock Creek
  • Location: B2/2 Hallway gallery

Fred Schwab was able to create a complex technique of monotype printmaking which approximated impressionist painting.  A monotype is an image made by rolling ink on a plexiglass or metal plate and either wiping the ink away or adding to it and then pressing a sheet of paper against the plate to make the print.  In traditional monotype printmaking, there is only the one unique print, no multiples.  The subtle atmospheric perspective of this monotype is achieved by a very complex series of layered translucent colors, each rolled out separately on the same plate and then printed over the other tones on the same piece of paper.  This image could easily have twelve to fifteen separately layered colors which together create the lambent, fleeting atmospheric effect of the end of the day when the sky is tarnished like the inside of a shell.