Natural Curiosity: Beth Van Hoesen displays the artist’s process, from initial sketch to polished print. A highly skilled printmaker, Van Hoesen specialized in the intaglio processes of etching, drypoint, and aquatint. Van Hoesen’s drive for technical excellence is apparent in the many drawings and proofs she created in preparation for her final prints. Over the course of her career as an artist, Van Hoesen primarily focused on natural subject matter like insects, plants, and animals. Her attention to detail and sympathetic portrayal of wildlife offer inspiration to appreciate the quiet beauty of the natural world.
Beth Van Hoesen, American, 1926 – 2010, "Walt Badger," Drawing V, 1981, Colored Pencil and Graphite
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Gift of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust
2012.15.18 © E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust