Otto Henry Bacher American

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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Bacher spent much of his career in Europe, especially Venice, where he encountered the American artist James McNeill Whistler, whose style and technique would greatly influence him. Although Bacher also worked in paint, his primary pursuit was etching. Here, he depicts the mythological figure of Arachne, a mortal woman who challenged the goddess Athena to a weaving contest and, as a result, was transformed into a spider. Arachne’s hair merges with the strands of the web, while a spider drops down along the left margin.

Arachne, Otto Henry Bacher (American, Cleveland, Ohio 1856–1909 Lawrence Park, New York), Etching, printed in brown ink, with plate tone

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