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Last updated: 1/25/2017

Walter Stein (American, b. 1924)

Stein is knwn primarily for his two livres de peintre, A Common Botany (Boston, 1956) and Jules Renard's Natural History, which was also illustrated by Toulouse-Lautrec and Pierre Bonnard. This later work was commissioned by the Harvard University College Library, Department of Printing adn Graphic Arts in 1960 and was included in the groundbreaking exhibition and accompanying book of the same title, The Artist and the Book 1860-1960 (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1960), which said of it, "This new challenge has offered a serious challenge to the artist, who has met it very successfully." Stein's illustrations to the Natural History led, in 1966, to the publication of Jules Renard Natural Histories, translated by Richard Howard (NY: Horizon Press), which included all three sets of illustrations, uniting Stein's with those of his illustrious predecessors. In the introduction to this work, Edgar Munhill, Curator of the Frick Collection in New York City, noted that Stein's "illustrations are certainly the gentlest and most immaterial of the three. . . . He uses cropped compositions somewhat in the manner of Lautrec but more to suggest intimacy with the animal . . . than to create a scale larger than life."

Iris. Original color woodcut, 1956. 102 signed and numbered impressions hand-printed on Japanese sekishu rice paper for A Common Botany. Stein is best known for his lithographs for Jules Renard's Natural history (1960). Image size: 228x177mm. Special Price: SOLD. Asparagus. Original color woodcut, 1956. 102 signed and numbered impressions hand-printed on Japanese sekishu rice paper for A Common Botany. Stein is best known for his lithographs for Jules Renard's Natural history (1960). Image size: 228x177mm. Special Price: $200.
Cypress Spurge. Original color woodcut, 1956. 102 signed and numbered impressions hand-printed on Japanese sekishu rice paper for A Common Botany. Stein is best known for his lithographs for Jules Renard's Natural history (1960). Image size: 177x228mm. Special Price: $200.
Queen Anne's Lace. Original color woodcut, 1956. 102 signed and numbered impressions hand-printed on Japanese sekishu rice paper for A Common Botany. Stein is best known for his lithographs for Jules Renard's Natural history (1960). Image size: 228x177mm. Special Price: SOLD. Oak Leaf. Original color woodcut, 1956. 102 signed and numbered impressions hand-printed on Japanese sekishu rice paper for A Common Botany. Stein is best known for his lithographs for Jules Renard's Natural history (1960). Image size: 228x177mm. Special Price: $200.

All prints illustrated are actually in very good conditions despite problems caused by the shadow I cast upon them while I was photographing them (I must go on a diet!).

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