Interior Composition with Figurines

Interior Composition with Figurines

American modernist artist Charles James Martin (1886-1955) studied with Arthur Wesley Dow, and later taught alongside him at Columbia University Teachers College. At TC, he also studied photography with Clarence H. White, and became an instructor at White’s School of Photography in 1918. Martin began teaching at the Art Students League of New York in 1921. The following background on Martin and his involvement with the White school appeared in the February, 1921 issue of “The Touchstone and the American Art Student Magazine”:

“The Clarence H. White School of Photography announces a course of instruction in Print Making by Prof. Charles J. Martin of the Department of Fine Arts, Columbia University. The purpose of the course is to develop an appreciation of prints through a study of fine examples and particularly through practice in etching plates, cutting blocks and printing. There will be also an opportunity to do photo-engraving such as the line cut and photogravure. The course will consist of twenty sessions. The earlier sessions are now under way, and the response to this announcement gives evidence that the student of the Photographic Arts is endeavoring to gain practical knowledge as well as artistic reproduction.” (p. 406)

print notes: signed in graphite at lower right corner outside of plate impression: Charles JMartin; title devised by this website

provenance: acquired by PhotoSeed 2013 from California heir to the Charles James Martin estate.

Interior Composition with Figurines

Image Dimensions15.1 x 20.1 cm

Support Dimensions18.8 x 24.8 cm