The Juggler


"The Juggler" is a color serigraph from 1949 by American printmaker Dorr Bothwell (1902-2000). This impression is pencil signed, titled, dated, and editioned "14/45", and the image measures 19 x 15 inches. It was printed by the artist on ivory wove paper measuring 24-1/8 x 19" and is illustrated in "Dorr Bothwell: Straws in the Wind - An Artist's Life as told to Bruce Levene." "The Juggler" is an excellent example of her work from the late 1940s: the composition has tension and balance, yet conveys a sense of movement stopped in time.

Dorr Bothwell, painter, printmaker, and educator, was born in San Francisco in 1902. Her family moved to San Diego in 1911 and Bothwell began her art studies five years later with Anna Valentien. She returned to San Francisco in 1921 and enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts where she was greatly influenced by Gottardo Piazzoni and Rudolph Schaeffer.

She moved to San Diego and then to Los Angeles where she joined the circle of post-surrealists which included Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundberg. Dorr studied under Feitelson in classes organized by the Public Works of Art Project and she was accepted into the mural division of the WPA and painted murals in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Francisco. During this time, Bothwell learned the technique of serigraphy.

In 1968, Bothwell and Marlys Mayfield co-wrote the book "Notan: On the Interaction of Positive and Negative Spaces," which encompassed the principles developed in her teaching. She received the Abraham Rosenberg Fellowship, the 1979 San Francisco Women in the Arts award, and was twice awarded Pollock-Krasner grants.

Bothwell is represented in the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Harvard Art Museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Hunterian Galleries.

19 x 14 inches
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