Bill Ritchie Work in Washington State
in the

Martha Fleming Collection


About Martha Fleming: She saw this print at my first solo show at Francine Seders Gallery. In 2015 she dropped in to our Mini Art Gallery, accompanied by Erin Goodwin-Guerrero and introduced herself. As I recall, she said she was carrying her son at the time, and as he grew up, the print, "Visitation," was always there and he became attached to it - despite the family has numerous artworks and this is only one of them. Martha was a teacher in Yakima, retired, and moved to Seattle.

Provenance: 1968. Planographic print. Drawn on stone with crayon and spattered autographic ink. Red, blue, green, yellow, black. Image 19 X 15 in. on 22 1/2 X 17 1/2 in. Rives BFK. No. 2/8. Signed lower right.

Bill Ritchie's comment: It took me almost a year of preparation to get back to the color lithography as I had practiced it in San Jose. Seattle's color litho workshops had all but vanished, and at the UW the presses' handles had been removed and the stones stored away. The creatures that animated my drawings and prints would not rest, though! This one harkens to my awakening interest in Edvard Munch and the Living Treasure from his era, Rolf Nesch.

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