Glory Be

Dox Thrash American

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Dox Thrash was a prolific and innovative printmaker during the 1930s and 40s, when he worked for the WPA's highly respected Fine Print Workshop of Philadelphia. There he developed a new intaglio process whereby the surface of a metal plate was roughened with Carborundum, a gritty abrasive normally used to prepare lithographic stones. The resulting surface held a maximum amount of ink and produced rich black areas when printed. Thrash's Glory Be is an excellent example of this technique and conveys its expressive qualities. Capturing the essence of religious zeal in this small print, Thrash portrays a group of worshippers silhouetted in the darkness against an ethereal light.

Glory Be, Dox Thrash (American, Griffin, Georgia 1893–1965 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Carborundum mezzotint, aquatint, and etching

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