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Baby Sequoia is one of many etchings that Ernest Haskell created of Giant Sequoia and other American tree species during the first two decades of the twentieth century. In these scenes, Haskell juxtaposes the massive scale of the trees with scrupulous detail, demonstrating his interest in mastering the technical aspects of etching. Initially a newspaper illustrator and poster designer, Haskell took up etching after meeting the famous artist and etcher James Abbott McNeill Whistler during a trip to Europe.

Haskell preferred working in a traditional, naturalistic manner, using the meticulous styles of Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, and other Old Masters to render American subjects and scenes. He was also interested in modern art, however, and made additional trips abroad in order to study the work of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and other contemporary artists first–hand.

Details

  • Title: Baby Sequoia
  • Date Created: 1915
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 16 7/8 x 9 15/16 in. (42.88 x 25.25 cm)
  • Type: Prints
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/4183424/
  • Medium: Etching and engraving
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eben Jordan Haskell and Cheryl Westgard Vogel in memory of Ernest and Elizabeth Haskell
  • Artist Nationality: American
  • Artist: Ernest Haskell

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