ANTHONY GROSS (English / 1905-1984)

Anthony Gross is regarded internationally as one of the most important British printmakers of the twentieth century. He was born in Dulwich. Gross studied at the Slade under Henry Tonks, before going to Paris to study at the Académie Julian, the Grande Chaumière, and at the École des Beaux-Arts, where he studied etching under Charles Waltner. For a while he shared a studio with S. W. Hayter, and the two learned engraving from Joseph Hecht. In 1933 Anthony Gross was elected a member of La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine, with which he exhibited regularly; he was a close artistic ally and friend of the society's leading lights, Pierre Guastalla, André Jacquemin, and Joseph Hecht. Gross was one of the first to experiment with autolithographs on Plasticowell sheets, invented by the printer Cowell's, which offered a cheap and portable alternative to traditional stone or zinc plates (see Noel Carrington, "Autolithography of Plastic Plates", The Penrose Annual 44, 1950). He used this method notably for his colour lithographs illustrating The Forsyte Sage, in which delicate black-and-white line is enlivened with random splashes of colour. Important exhibitions include The Graphic Work of Anthony Gross 1921-1968 at the V&A, and Anthony Gross: Paintings, Drawings, Prints at the Ashmolean Museum.

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Selected prints by ANTHONY GROSS

To Let, 1950
Soames and Fleur in
Picadilly, 1950
Paris, 1950

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