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Item Name: Print
Title: Love for three oranges
Maker: Tobie Steinhouse
Year: 1965
Country: Canadian
Materials: etching
Measurements: in frame: 62 cm x 55.3 cm; work: 39 cm x 31 cm
ID Number: ART 024
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: This abstract, colourful and highly textured etching by Tobie Steinhouse was created with an unusual method of “viscosity printing” which allows the artist to apply several layers of colour to a print in one pass through the press. This is an early print by Steinhouse, and the vibrant green and orange-brown are quite different from the muted colours she often used in her later works. Steinhouse was strongly influenced by her mentors, the landscape painter Anna Savage, and the experimental printmaker Stanley William Hayter. Savage was a supportive teacher, and a role model for female independence in a male-dominated art world. Hayter influenced Steinhouse’s experimental approach to art. A chemist-turned-artist, Hayter founded the innovative print studio Atelier 17 in Paris, and invented viscosity printing. During her time at the studio, Steinhouse found Hayter’s methods to be physically challenging. Unable to lift the heavy ink rollers, she began to use smaller, hand-held rollers. These often left a noticeable vertical line, or roller mark running down the middle of her prints, which became a trademark in her work. Tobie Steinhouse R.C.A. (1925- ) A painter, printmaker, and calligrapher Tobie Steinhouse is known as Canada’s “poet-painter of light”. Born in Montréal as Tobie Thelma Davis, she attended the famous Baron-Byng High School, where she studied with Anne Savage. Graduating in 1942, she earning a diploma in Engineering Drawing at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University), and worked as a draughtsman on war planes (1944-1945). Moving to New York, Steinhouse studied on scholarship at the renowned Art Student’s League. In 1947 she married the journalist Herbert Steinhouse and moved to Paris, entering art school at L'École des Beaux-arts. Steinhouse had her first solo exhibition there, at Galerie Lara Vincy (1957). In 1961, she began working at the collaborative Atelier 17. Returning to Montreal in the mid-60s, she cofounded the La Guilde Graphique, and L’Atelier Libre de Recherches Graphiques with Richard Lacroix, and served as president for the Canadian Group of Painters. Later in life, Steinhouse taught printmaking at McGill University, and studied Japanese calligraphy with Hiroko Okata. Steinhouse has participated in numerous international Print Biennials in Europe, South America and the USA. She received the Centennial Medal of Canada (1967), and is an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (1972). Her artwork has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions in Canada and internationally, and is held in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Ottawa, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, le Musée de Québec, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Rio Tinto Alcan and Air Canada.