Little Harbor or Boats, Maine


Emil Ganso (1895-1941). Little Harbor or Boats, Maine, etching and aquatint, c. 1920, not signed [signed with a copyright mark in the plate], inscribed “To Lucille”. Reference: Smith I78B. In very good condition, the matrix excellent, a couple of small spots in margins and the remains of a prior hinge verso, with margins, 10 3/8 x 14 7/8, the sheet 13 x 17 inches, window mat.

A fine impression, with effective aquatint tonalities.

Little Harbor, a very successful composition, was chosen as an American Artists Group print, reproduced in AAG original etchings, and also in Zink, American Artists Group Prints, 30. We do not believe this impression itself was an American Artists Group print but that it was printed earlier, since the paper is heavier than most of the AAG prints, and it does not bear the AAG imprint verso (the AAG produced relatively inexpensive prints during the Great Depression, explicitly and intentionally unsigned and thus sold as populist art works available and accessible widely. Ironically, these prints and their proofs have a special collector’s appeal and value today).