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Dox Thrash: Revealed

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has created an online version of their exhibition entitled Dox Thrash: An African American Master Printmaker Rediscovered. Dox Thrash (1893-1965), a notable artist who rose to national prominence during the late 1930s, is mostly known for his carborundum prints, a process of using gritty carborundum crystals on copper plates to carve etchings. Consisting of various samples of Thrash's prints, drawings, and watercolors from the 1930s to the 1950s, this online exhibit portrays the depth of the artist's imagery with illustrations ranging from depictions of the rural south to images of the industrial north, from drawings of war and destruction to paintings of hope and freedom. Users will find that this site not only features artistic images, but also provides a brief history of the artist's life and background information, along with poetic quotes from prominent authors such as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, and Alain Locke. Also available for artist enthusiasts is information on drawing techniques including carborundum mezzotint, carborundum relief etching, aquatint, drypoint, etching, linocut, lithograph, mezzotint, and woodcut.
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