SIGNED by Listed Artist PATRICIA TOBACCO FORRESTER ~ 1962 Framed Etching Art PRINT ~ The MOTHER
Framed under glass in gold painted wood frame with single matte. Intaglio etching of a mother consoling a man.
This is an early work of hers, clearly reflecting the influence of her teacher, Leonard Baskin.
- Mark: Pencil signed lower right corner - Patricia Tobacco || Titled & numbered lower left corner - The Mother 30/1 || Verso - provenance letter (transcribed below)
- Measurements (WxHxD):
- Framed - 11.75 x 13.25 x 1.25 inches
- Print area - 7 x 8.5 inches
- Condition: See photos and use zoom to fully evaluate condition. Frame has edge wear. Print has minor buckling.
Letter on Verso
There are some appropriate and special features to this gift and this etching. It is from our collection but has never been hung here in Holyoke (no wall space). It is the very first etching that I acquired and the 2nd piece in the collection which began to be accumulated in 1962. It's appropriate for it to be early in your collection too.
The artist, Patricia Tobacco, was a local woman (Hatfield). A student of Leonard Baskin's, she graduated from Smith in 1962 with, and was a friend of, my first wife's. She went on to Yale and studied with Josef Albers, receiving her MFA in 1965. She is now married and lives in Washington.
Although titled "The Mother", to me it's a generic portrait of comforting someone in need. This family and "associated connections" benefit from you comforting and we never, ever think of you as a Mother!
Blessings & Love,
About the Artist
Patricia Tobacco Forrester (1940-2011) was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. She grew up in nearby farming community of Hatfield. When her grandfather arrived at Ellis Island, the clerk changed his last name from Tobczynski to Tobacco.
She was an art student under Leonard Baskin at Smith College and, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1962, enrolled at Yale University, where she received a BFA in 1963 and MFA in 1965. At Yale, she studied under Josef Albers with fellow students Chuck Close and Janet Fish. Two years after graduating, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in printmaking, and was the recipient of several residencies, among them the prestigious MacDowell Colony.
She ultimately gained renown for watercolors painted directly from nature, often on very large scale sheets of up to 40 x 60" paper. Her subject matter was primarily trees and flowers against a dramatic landscape vista, painted with an intuitive, lush, expressive sensibility.
From the mid-sixties to 1981, she lived in San Francisco and often returned to the region to paint the coasts and vineyards. Washington DC became her home base in 1982, although she frequently travelled to exotic locales during the winter months.
Forrester accepted the invitation to become a member of the National Academy of Design in New York in 1992. Forrester is the recipient of a 2005 Artist Grant from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.
Her work has been shown widely in hundreds of museum and gallery exhibitions across the United States and abroad for over thirty-five years. Numerous major museums own her paintings and prints, including the Art Institute of Chicago, British Museum, London, Brooklyn Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Library of Congress, National Academy of Design, Oakland Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The White House, Executive Office Building in Washington, DC.
Upon the artist's death in March 2011, Forrester bequeathed the remaining major watercolors in her estate to seven major museums across the United States. She chose these museums since they featured her work often during her lifetime in major exhibitions. The selected museums are:
- National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
- Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (now transferred to
- the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)
- Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
- Denver Art Museum, CO
- Oakland Museum, CA
- Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, CA