"Eskimo" - Fred Becker, 1951.
Fred Becker (1913–2004), a well-known artist and printmaker who taught in the fine arts department at the University of Massachusetts from 1968 until his retirement in 1986. Becker’s work is represented in many important museum collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. His most recent shows were at the Susan Teller Gallery in New York in 2002 and 2003; he had a retrospective at the Herter Gallery of the University of Massachusetts in 1999.
His career began in the 1930’s with quirky characterizations of musicians made during frequent visits to Manhattan jazz clubs and lively observations of the urban scene, done with a Surrealist touch.
In 1935, he was accepted by the Graphic Arts Division of the Works Project Administration. His etchings and wood engravings brought him his first one-man show, at the Marion Willard Gallery in 1938. But in 1940 he was drawn to Atelier 17, the workshop established by the British engraver Stanley William Hayter, where Mr. Becker turned to abstraction, developing technical expertise while using various intaglio techniques and color printing methods developed by or with Hayter.
His work at first was related to Surrealism and Constructivism, but by the mid-1950’s he was using his skilled draftsmanship in a gestural, Abstract Expressionist mode.
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