Prentiss TAYLOR

Prentiss Taylor (1907-1991) was an American illustrator, painter, and lithographer. After studying at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in his hometown of Washington D.C. and classes with Charles Webster Hawthorne, Taylor continued his training at the Art Students League in New York City in the late 1920s. During his time in New York, he became a member of the Harlem Renaissance artistic social circles and was friends with famous creatives such as Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten. He became an avid lithographer while studying at the Art Students League and would continue to primarily work in this medium throughout the rest of his career. Taylor’s art was informed by current events and his travels throughout the United States. His artistic style was realist while maintaining creative license to tweak his landscape for his own vision. Lithography and the power of the printmaking edition allowed his artwork to disseminate throughout public and private collections across the country. Later in his life, he recalled “with the first magic feeling of the crayon on the fine grain of the stone, I knew that I was at home in lithography.”

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