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The Arch at Midnight

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The Arch at Midnight

Martin Lewis, American (born Australia), (June 7, 1881–February 20, 1962)

Creation date: 1930
Creation place: United States

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Type: Etching
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1993.3
Dimensions: 8 1/16 in. x 11 9/16 in. (20.48 cm x 29.37 cm)


David Allen Fine Arts, Arlington, Virginia ( - Janaury 26, 1993)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (Janaury 26, 1993 - )

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Born in Castlemaine, Australia, Martin Lewis settled in the United States in 1900. Early on, he found work in San Francisco, but eventually he made his way to New York where he supported himself through work as a commercial illustrator. Around 1915, he created his first etching. Lewis knew Edward Hopper (1882–1967) and both artists became proficient at etching and were drawn to create night scenes of life on the streets of New York. Lewis spent hours walking the streets of New York during the day and at night and he drew the city as he found it, wishing to present a sense of realism as opposed to a constructed image. Shortly after he completed this work, Lewis, as a result of economic hardships, relocated to Connecticut where he lived from 1932 to 1936. He would however return to New York and continue to portray the city’s daily life, his most frequent muse. Throughout his career, Lewis pursued other media, but is most often associated with printmaking, and he wrote prolifically on the subject.
Last Updated: 8/26/2022


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Character & Crisis: Printmaking in America, 1920-1950 University of San Diego , 9/14/2012 - 12/14/2012

Modern American Prints, 1920-1948 San Diego Museum of Art , 8/11/2018 - 2/3/2019


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Derrick R. Cartwright. Character & Crisis: Printmaking in America, 1920-1950 University of San Diego. San Diego, CA, 2012


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