Mabel Dwight

Brothers
1928

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Date
1928

Classification
Prints

Medium
Lithograph

Dimensions
Sheet (Irregular): 16 × 11 5/8in. (40.6 × 29.5 cm) Image: 12 1/2 × 9 13/16in. (31.8 × 24.9 cm)

Accession number
31.719

Edition
Ed. 50

Publication
Printed by George C. Miller; published by Weyhe Gallery

Credit line
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Rights and reproductions
© artist or artist’s estate

Completed soon after Mabel Dwight first studied lithography in Paris, Brothers exemplifies the artist’s interest in depicting the foibles of society through satirizing contemporary manners. Dwight often pictured New York’s subways, vaudeville houses, landmarks, and spaces of leisure—here, she depicts the zoo. Though the apes reside behind the bars and the men stand in front of them, the perspective could just as easily be reversed, as the title, Brothers, suggests, in its association of primate and man. An early commentator noted: “In many of her lithographs Mabel Dwight sees life as a two-sided show—the show on the stage and off—presented simultaneously, and offering rich chance for comparisons.”  




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