Monday hero: Martin Lewis

I came across a print this week on the worldwide scrapbook that is Pinterest by the Australian born artist Martin Lewis (1881-1962).

The etching reminded me in technique and atmosphere of the beautiful picturebook 'The arrival' by Shaun Tan

Lewis moved to the United States in 1900 and worked predominantly in New York.

I have seen more rural landscapes by him, but he mostly did these cityscapes.

The human figures in his work occupy an environment that could maybe be a bit hostile, like in Tan's 'The arrival'.

You can't help wondering if Shaun Tan knew Lewis' work when he made the book..


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