"Commuter's Fantasy" is a lithograph by American artist Lamar G. Baker (1908-1994). The image measures 11-5/8 x 8-13/16 inches. This impression is pencil signed, titled, and annotated "ed 15" in the lower margin. It was printed by the artist in 1936 in an edition of 15 impressions on BFK wove paper measuring 16 x 11-5/8 inches.
This Depression era lithograph is from his series "Fantasies." A clock's hour hand pointing to nine is attached to a ring in the commuter's nose, like a bull's nose ring used to control the animal. A twisting rail turns into a snake as it loops through a train door. The 3287 locomotive emerges from another clock with numerals VI and VIII.
Lamar Baker, painter, printmaker, and graphic artist, was born in 1908 in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied at the High Institute of Art in Columbus and the University of Georgia under Ben Shute. In 1935 he moved to New York to attend the Art Students League, studying printmaking under Kenneth Hayes Miller, Rico Lebrun, and Harry Sternberg. In 1942, Baker won a Julius Rosenwald Fund fellowship that enabled him to travel through Mississippi and Louisiana. He worked as a commercial artist for RKO Pictures in New York until 1951, when he returned to Georgia.
His work was included in the annual print exhibitions of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1937-39; the National Academy of Design, 1940, 1941, 1943; "Survey of Contemporary Printmaking in the USA," the Carnegie Institute, 1941; "Between Two Wars: Prints by American Artists, 1914-41," Whitney Museum of American Art, 1942; and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1943. Solo exhibitions were mounted at the High Museum of Art, 1939; and the University of Georgia, 1951.
Baker is represented in the Columbus Museum, High Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Mobile Museum of Art, National Academy of Design, New York Public Library, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.