Shore Leave

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Clement Haupers (1900-1982), Shore Leave, aquatint and etching, 1935, signed, titled, dated and inscribed “ed 75”. In excellent condition, printed in black on a heavy ivory wove paper with deckle edges all around, presumably printed in an edition of 75, archival matting. 10 1/2 x 8, the sheet 14 5/8 x 10 3/4 inches.

A fine fresh impression, with the various aquatint tonalities contrasting vividly.

Behind the sailor and the three attractive women is a piano, and a juke box and wall displaying the names of popular ’30’s songs including “All of Me,” “Think of the Fun We Had,” ”Fit as a Fiddle,” “And so to Bed,” and, appropriately for the Great Depression, the upbeat “I’ve Got Five Dollars.”

Haupers studied in Paris with the Cubist painter André Llote, who influenced his style and perspective. Upon completing his studies in France, Haupers returned to Minnesota where he became an influential teacher at the St. Paul School of Art. He rose to prominence in 1935 – the year he made Shore Leave – as the state and regional director of the New Deal’s Federal Art Project in Minnesota, which hired unemployed artists to decorate public buildings and parks. In 1981 Clement Bernard Haupers was the first recipient of the “Minnesotan of the Year” award. He was born and died in the same house in St. Paul.

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