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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 and Graphic Arts in 1960 and was included in the ground-breaking 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 project 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."
The Mouse. Original lithograph for Jules Renard's Natural history (1960). 150 signed impressions (as ours) plus 600 unsigned impressions bound into the book. Illustrated in The Artist and The Book (Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1960). Stein's lithographs were also reproduced in a book illustrating Renard's three most important artists, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, and Stein. Image size: 102x243mm. Special Price: $200.
Flamingoes. Original lithograph for Jules Renard's Natural history (1960). 150 signed impressions (as ours) plus 600 unsigned impressions bound into the book. Illustrated in The Artist and The Book (Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1960). Stein's lithographs were also reproduced in a book illustrating Renard's three most important artists, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, and Stein. Image size: 183x164mm. Special Price: $200.
The Donkey. Original lithograph for Jules Renard's Natural history (1960). 150 signed impressions (as ours) plus 600 unsigned impressions bound into the book. Illustrated in The Artist and The Book (Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1960). Stein's lithographs were also reproduced in a book illustrating Renard's three most important artists, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, and Stein. Image size: 152x99mm. Special Price: $200.
The Weasel. Original lithograph for Jules Renard's Natural history (1960). 150 signed impressions (as ours) plus 600 unsigned impressions bound into the book. Illustrated in The Artist and The Book (Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1960). Stein's lithographs were also reproduced in a book illustrating Renard's three most important artists, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, and Stein. Image size: 164x205mm. Special Price: $200.
The Lizard. Original lithograph for Jules Renard's Natural history (1960). 150 signed impressions (as ours) plus 600 unsigned impressions bound into the book. Illustrated in The Artist and The Book (Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1960). Stein's lithographs were also reproduced in a book illustrating Renard's three most important artists, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, and Stein. Image size: 139x260mm. 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!).

Spaightwood Galleries, Inc.

To purchase, call us at 1-800-809-3343 (1-508-529-2511 in Upton MA & vicinity) or send an email to spaightwood@gmail.com. We accept AmericanExpress, DiscoverCard, MasterCard, and Visa.
For directions and visiting information, please call. We are, of course, always available over the web and by telephone (see above for contact information). Click the following for links to past shows and artists. For a visual tour of the gallery, please click here. For information about Andy Weiner and Sonja Hansard-Weiner, please click here. For a list of special offers currently available, see Specials.
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