The Dreamy Lobster

Laurels Number Two

The Dreamy Lobster

1947

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Etching, engraving and offset color

Support: Original pasteboard portfolios. Inside folders of handmade paper and handprinting by Douglass Howell.

Sheet: 25.6 x 32.9 cm (10 1/16 x 12 15/16 in.); Image: 14.9 x 22.5 cm (5 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.)

Alma and Robert D. Milne Fund 1998.184.3

Edition: 60

Impression: 21

Description

After spending a summer on an island off the coast of Maine, Peterdi was inspired to create this print. The artist explained: “Every morning I went down to the rocky shore searching for the treasures the pregnant ocean deposited there during the night. I watched the fishermen visit their traps, pull up big, green lobsters with terrifying claws. I followed the metamorphosis of these monsters from their virility while they were alive to the hollow, sun-bleached shells lying, like wilted flowers, on the pebble beach.”

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Collection: 
PR - Etching
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print

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