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Peter Milton (American, b. 1930), "Passage III", 1972, resist-ground etching and engraving, signed, ed. 140

Peter Milton (American, b. 1930), "Passage III", 1972, resist-ground etching and engraving, signed, ed. 140

Item Description:

From the "Passage" series, pencil signed lower right, titled center, numbered "78/140" lower left, printed on BFK rives paper, blindstamped, with margins, matted

Reference: Milton 89


The sheet is toned. Buckling to paper and some lifting. Hinges attached to upper edge. Please contact for specific condition questions.


Purchased from Davison Gallery, Seattle, Washington Inherited by descent to the current owner


Height 24.5 in. x Width 36.75 in. (image)
Height 29 in. x Width 41.5 in. (sheet)

About The Artist:

Peter Milton is an American printer who was born in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania in 1930. Though he experimented with painting in his early years as an artist, Milton turned almost exclusively to printmaking in 1960 when he was disillusioned by the New York art scene and the macho Abstract Expressionist movement. In 1962, after discovering he was partially color blind, Milton decided to specialize in black and white prints.

Milton received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1954 at Yale University's School of Art and Architecture, where he studied under artist Josef Albers. After winning the Yale University Traveling Fellowship Grant, Milton spent a year in Europe, painting and studying music. He became an assistant drawing teacher at Yale and received his Master's degree in 1961. He began teaching at the Maryland Institute in Baltimore the same year and stayed in this position until 1968. Meanwhile, Milton began to exhibit his prints and acquire numerous grants and prizes. In 1966 alone, Milton won 16 awards. In 1970, Milton became a graphics instructor at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut. Through the 1970s to the 1990s, Milton became known internationally as a printmaker; winning the Grand Prize at the International Biennial of Prints in Seoul, Korea in 1972 and exhibiting his first solo show in Paris in 1975.

In the 2000s, Milton is still an active artist. In 2002, he was named to the advisory committee in charge of redesigning the United States currency. His works are still being exhibited internationally and are held in several major national and international museums.

Milton's works draw on the nostalgic imagery of 19th and early 20th century illustrations. His prints reveal a narrative reminiscent of early cinema. His Passage series is based around an image of a staircase on a city street. The staircase acts as an access point for the imagination, as various people, animals, and environments are drawn around it. Someone descending the staircase into Milton's surreal world may come upon acrobats, a plane, an ocean, or an art gallery. In Passage III, the staircase leads to floating children in the trees of a city park and a nude holding a bouquet at what appears to be the edge of the street, beyond which is unknown. A pair of children in the foreground stare out to the viewer, inviting them into the scene.


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