Posted 4 years ago
"Want to come up and see my etchings?" (Old but appropriate joke)
I found these etchings last week. I usually am not a fan of etchings, but these were very well done and demanded a closer look. A quick search on the internet revealed the artist is quite well-known for his etchings.
Lyman Byxbe was born in Pittsfield, IL. He was an etcher and a teacher. Lyman Byxbe studied M.N. Levings. Exhibitions of Lyman Byxbe's works are exhibited at: Smithsonian Inst., 1937; NGA, 1937 (solo); SAE; Northwest Pr. M.; Int. Pr. M.; Kansas City AI; LOC; Chicago SE; Grand Central A. Gal. He was a member of the Chicago Society of Etchers. Lyman Byxbe died in Longmont, CO.
Byxbe and his wife went to Estes Park each summer. By 1930, he had such a successful business making etchings for residents and tourists that he moved there in 1934. His etchings were mostly small which allowed many to have an original Lyman Byxbe print of one of the scenic vistas of the Rocky Mountain National Park area.
Byxbe began to get national recognition for his work by the mid 1930’s. He joined the Chicago Society of Etchers. He was also invited to exhibit his work in a one-man show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Some of his prints can be found in the Congressional Library. Some of his work was reproduced in newspapers and magazines. An exhibition of his work was hung at the Joslyn Memorial Art Museum in Omaha
I figured if his work is good enough to be included in the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian, it is good enough for my home. Not bad for a junk store find, huh?