River Life, Haiti


George Biddle (1885-1973), River Life, Haiti, 1928, lithograph, signed and dated in pencil lower right margin, titled and numbered lower left margin. Reference: Pennigar 84, Trotter 50. From the edition of 50, on a cream wove BFK RIVES paper with their watermark. Printed by George C. Miller. In excellent condition (probably never matted or framed), slight soft folds in margins, the full sheet, 12 1/4 x 16 5/8, the sheet 16 x 20 1/2 inches, archival mounting (mounted with mylar non-attached corners between acid free mats, glassine cover).

A fine impression.

After Groton, Harvard College and Harvard Law (and several breakdowns) Biddle decided that a conventional career in law was not for him; he decided on art, went to Paris, worked with Mary Cassatt and familiarized himself with modernist currents in art (as well as more traditional European art).

After serving in WWI, and the dissolution of his marriage, he became interested in working outside of the European tradition (although his travels continued to include Europe, and he spent a period working under the influence of Jules Pascin in Paris in the mid-20’s). River Life, Haiti reflects the time he spent with Pascin, in terms of the freedom of the composition. The composition “works” beautifully; indeed, in his later years Biddle referred to this print as “one of my most studied compositions.”