Shoppers Leaving the Shop
Kenneth Hayes Miller (1876-1952), Shoppers Leaving the Shop (or, Leaving the Shop), etching, 1929, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Associated American Artists 87, fourth state (of 4), edition probably fewer than 20. In excellent condition, with margins, printed on a cream laid paper with a partial (Crown?) watermark. 8 x 9 7/8, the sheet 9 1/2 x 12 1/16 inches.
A fine strong impression, with plate tone.
Hayes Miller studied at the Art Students League and the New York School of Art, teaching at the latter for 12 years and the former for 38 years. His students at the League included Isabel Bishop, Edward Hopper, Reginald Marsh, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi. He loved printmaking, and studied and emulated the old masters including Durer and Rembrandt, Callot and Meryon. He exhibited at the famous Armory Show in 1913, and his paintings and prints were shown widely throughout his life; his work is represented at all the major museums with collections of 20th Century American art including the Whitney, MOMA, Brooklyn and the Met in New York.
Miller made a number of Shoppers prints; these are among his most finished compositions in printmaking, and Shoppers Leaving the Shop is probably the most accomplished of this group.