Storm Over Stone City, 1933
John Steuart Curry
Storm Over Stone City is a lithographic print. Lithographs are drawn in the same way that artists draw other images, and the resulting print creates a picture that is a mirror-image (reversal) of the artist’s original image. Lithograph literally means drawn on stone, and the process of making this type of print reveals this is exactly true: after the artist has made a drawing on the lithographic “stone,” the image is treated to protect it and it is chemically treated. This process changes the surface of the stone so the image—now almost invisible—will accept the greasy printing ink, and the blank areas—when washed off with water—will reject the ink. This wiping away process leaves only ink in the areas where the artist’s drawing is, allowing it to transfer to the paper when the stone is run through a printing press.