Strong Girl

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Walt Kuhn (1877-1949), Strong Girl, drypoint, 1916 [signed in pencil by Kenneth Hays Miller and inscribed “Zinc sheet E printed by Howard Moore Park 1928”). In very good condition, printed on a cream wove paper, 7 1/2 x 5 1/4, the sheet 11 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches.

Provenance: ex Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of New York, with their stamp verso.

ex Coll: Jonathan Greenberg, New York City

A very good impression of this rare early Kuhn print.

This is listed as number 48 in the Kennedy Galleries Walt Kuhn Checklist, made for an exhibit of his prints in 1967; it is cited as a print where no more than 6 impressions are known to exist.

Kuhn was of course intimately familiar with circuses and carnivals.  To the left of the Strong Girl holding the barbells is another woman, less muscular, perhaps a trapeze artist.

Kenneth Hays Miller was an important figure in modernist art for many years, a teacher of Reginald Marsh, Isabel Bishop and other members of the 14th Street “school”, and a prominent artist and printmaker in his own right.