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soft-ground etching with aquatint on light blue, medium, slightly textured laid paper
edition of ca. 21
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- Dimensions (H x W x D)
plate: 7 15/16 in x 10 7/8 in; sheet: 10 5/16 in x 14 1/8 in
- Inscriptions & Markings
signature: Arthur B. Davies, graphite, lower right
title: Maenads, graphite, lower left margin
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- Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Frederick Newlin Price
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Rather than faithfully recount mythological tales, Arthur B. Davies often turned to Greek myth as a general source of inspiration for his prints of classical figures living in harmony with nature. In this print, for instance, the title refers to the wild followers of Dionysus, god of wine. Maenads—literally, “raving ones”—are typically shown whirling in a frenzy, intoxicated by wine and dance. Davies, instead, depicts a gentle woodland scene, evoking a pure, lyrical past.