Jack Beal, Morning Meadow (White on Black)

Medium: Lithograph, from stone
Date editioned: July, 1973
Ink and paper type: white ink on Rives BFK black
Edition size: 10
Signed: in pencil, lower right
Image size: 8" x 10" 
Paper size: 10 7/8" x 15" 


"Chiaroscuro" is the Italian term for a drawing style that involves extreme gradations of tone from light to dark. When Jack applied the liquid tusches to the limestone he was working with black and gray washes on a blue/gray limestone. There is little doubt that he looked forward to seeing his drawing printed in white ink on black paper.


A Closer Look ... Morning Meadow (White on Black)

  Printer Roger Bailey takes a breather while artists and printing assistants Jack Beal and Sondra Freckelton  work at the press to prepare for pulling the next impression.

Printer Roger Bailey takes a breather while artists and printing assistants Jack Beal and Sondra Freckelton  work at the press to prepare for pulling the next impression.

  Detail from the left side of" Morning Meadow" shows how Jack catches the early morning sun.

Detail from the left side of" Morning Meadow" shows how Jack catches the early morning sun.

  Another detail, this from the upper right, calls upon the negative forms of the black paper to establish the structures in the landscape.

Another detail, this from the upper right, calls upon the negative forms of the black paper to establish the structures in the landscape.