Dorr Bothwell Serigraphs

American artist Dorr Bothwell (1902-2000) produced some amazing serigraphs during the 1940's and 50's.
The Juggler, 1949, serigraph, edition 5/45, 19 1/16" x 14". Annex Galleries ($1,200 at time of post)

Antibes, 1950, serigraph, edition 15/25, 14 3/4" x 10 3/8". Annex Galleries ($650 at time of post)

Comment on Fashion, 1947, serigraph, edition 1/35, 11 3/16" x 9 1/4". Freeman's Auctioneers (sold)

Exhibition, 1947, serigraph, edition size: 30, 11 1/8" x 8 7/8". Tobey C. Moss Gallery

Promenade, 1947, serigraph, 8" x 14". de Young Fine Arts Museum

 Ideograph, 1946, serigraph, edition size: 35, 8" x 11".  Tobey C. Moss Gallery

Signs and Portents, 1947, serigraph, edition 2 /35, 8 3/8" x 14". Quinn's Auction Galleries (sold 2005)

City Summer, 1947, serigraph, edition 33/40, 9 1/4" x 12 5/16". Annex Galleries ($600 at time of post)

End of Summer, 1957, serigraph, epreuve 1, 18 3/8" x 11 15/16". Annex Galleries ($600 at time of post)

Winds of Chance 2nd State, 1947, serigraph, edition 1/20, 11 5/16" x 9 1/16". Annex Galleries ($450)

Dorr (Doris) Hodgson Bothwell was born in San Francisco on May 3, 1902, but spent much of her childhood in San Diego. Her interest in art was piqued at a young age by family friends and noted Arts and Crafts movement artists Anna and Albert Valentien. She delighted in watching Albert paint and attended Anna's craft classes at the Evening High School. She studied at the California School of Fine Art and the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco (see photo below) from 1921-1925. She was a member of the San Francisco Art Association and upon her return to San Diego, she joined the San Diego Art Guild and San Diego Moderns.

Left: Dorr Bothwell in her studio, 1967. photo: Bill Foote, via Smithsonian Archives of American Art
Right: Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, ca. 1940. via Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Dorr was an innovator in the use of serigraphy as a fine art medium and was best known for her Surrealist inspired prints (though she rejected "Surrealism" as a description of her art).  During her career she worked in various styles from figurative to abstraction and created oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures and assemblages. In addition to her professional art career, Dorr was an author and a gifted teacher who taught serigraphy, color theory and design at institutions such as the California School of Fine Art, Parsons School of Design and the San Francisco Art Institute.  She passed away at the age of 98 on September 24, 2000.

If  you want to see more of Dorr Bothwell's work or purchase a print have a look at Annex Galleries or Tobey C. Moss Gallery.  For more info about her life check here and here.

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