American, b. 1931
Robert Kipniss began his career as a printmaker by experimenting with etching and then drypoint. He soon found lithography better suited for realizing his softly toned landscapes, which might be characterized as a synthesis derived from an imagination well informed through direct observation. The retirement of his lithographer, Burr Miller, with whom Kipniss had collaborated on virtually all of his stones, precipitated yet another shift in printmaking technique around 1990. He turned to mezzotint, discovering the rich variety of tones the process offers to be well suited to the atmospheric and somewhat mystical imagery he was exploring with his later lithographs. Evening with White Porch, with its quiet, seemingly timeless play of an abstracted nature against an equally fictive architecture, exemplifies his work of this period.