Moishe Smith

American , 1929 - 1993

Born in 1929, Moishe Smith was one of the most accomplished etchers of the 20th century. He received an MFA from the University of Iowa with Mauricio Lasansky, and later studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, where he worked with Giorgio Morandi. He used his mastery of intaglio and lithography to create highly detailed landscapes and city scenes, with an emphasis on pentimento. Oftentimes, his works combine realistic naturalism with impressionistic vignettes to express the singular qualities of the subject matter. Smith’s honors included Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships and he was the chair of the printmaking department at Utah State University from 1977 until his death in 1993.

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