This black and white lithograph, entitled Séance, is by William Ward Beecher (approx. 1921-2006), a listed American artist known for his trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) style of painting. The piece, which is signed and titled by the artist in pencil, was published by Associated American Artists circa 1955-1965. The matted image size is 10 by 12.25 inches. It is displayed in the original AAA mat and slim, black frame with the standard AAA label on verso; the total size is 15 by 18 inches. This surrealist image is in excellent condition with no foxing and features distinctive detailing and shading.
This lithograph is in the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
Beecher once stated, “Almost all of my themes are based on something that has a three-dimensional feel. I was one of the best known of the artists that painted in three dimensions, which is what we call trompe l’oeil. I still paint in a very meticulous three-dimensional style.”
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