3. Carroll Thayer Berry. (1886–1978) “Winter–Deer Isle—Maine Coast,” 1966–69.
Chiaroscuro wood engraving in black and linocut tone block in green. One of 138 issued in four editions: 1966, 20 prints; 1967, 30 prints; 1968, 60 prints; 1969, 22 prints and 6 with a new tone block. Also titled “Deer Island—Winter—Maine Coast” and “Winter—Stonington—Deer Isle.” 10 7/8 x 12 3/4." Sheet 15 1/8 x 16 5/8." Signed, l.r. and titled, l.l. in ink. Bright and crisp. Excellent condition.
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“Winter–Deer Isle—Maine Coast” was published on the cover of Down East magazine in January, 1967. It depicts the Stonington harbor, draped in the tranquility of moonlit snow. This work dates from the post-1945 period in which Berry concentrated his creative force within the medium of printmaking. In “Winter–Deer Isle–Maine Coast,” the mastery Berry achieved is evident. With simple forms and rich textures, the artist conveys the wonderful beauty of this simple fishing community.
Carroll Thayer Berry “. . . was a man of contradictions. His close friend, writer Lew Dietz describes him as ‘a romantic and a realist, a man who thought like an engineer and dreamed like an artist.’ Fortunately, the romantic and realist elements both benefited his art. . . After a varied career ranging from Chicago to the Panama Canal . . . Berry returned to his native Maine, where he could at last pursue his favorite activities: sailing and art. During his last thirty-five years, he also created the numerous wood engravings that form the base of his artistic reputation. These prints show Berry as a bold experimenter with color and form, drawing his inspiration from the landscapes and the people of Maine. . . Berry’s style of engraving, which consisted of bravura jabs at the block, gave his work that woodcut appearance, rather than the more engraved look often associated with the typical wood engraving. Because he worked with end-grain blocks, his major prints are technically wood engravings, although he made a number of woodcuts of considerable merit . . . During an earlier period (1935–40), he produced many linocuts, both in black and white and in color, some of them quite powerful . . .” — Elwyn Dearborn
The several editions of “Winter—Deer Isle—Maine Coast” attest to its popularity at the time. It is held in the permanent collection of the Farnsworth Library and Museum.
Ref: Elwyn Dearborn, Carroll Thayer Berry (1983), no. 126.