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Artist

Mabel Dwight (1876-1955)

Title

Brothers

Date

1928

Medium

Lithograph

Dimensions

Sheet (Irregular): 16 × 11 5/8 in. (40.6 × 29.5 cm) Image: 12 1/2 × 9 13/16 in. (31.8 × 24.9 cm)

Edition information

Edition of 50

Publication information

Printed by George C. Miller; published by Weyhe Gallery

Credit line

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Accession number

31.719

Object Label

Completed soon after Mabel Dwight first studied lithography in Paris, Brothers exemplifies the artist’s interest in depicting the foibles of society through satirizing contemporary manners. Dwight often pictured New York’s subways, vaudeville houses, landmarks, and spaces of leisure—here, she depicts the zoo. Though the apes reside behind the bars and the men stand in front of them, the perspective could just as easily be reversed, as the title, Brothers, suggests, in its association of primate and man. An early commentator noted: “In many of her lithographs Mabel Dwight sees life as a two-sided show—the show on the stage and off—presented simultaneously, and offering rich chance for comparisons.”

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