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Ives also helped Currier interview potential artists and craftsmen.He had a flair for gauging popular interests and aided in selecting the images that the firm would publish and expanding the firm's range to include political satire and sentimental scenes, such as sleigh rides in the country and steamboat races. The firm The firm Currier and Ives described itself as "Publishers of Cheap and Popular Prints".Biography: Currier and Ives was a successful American printmaking firm headed by Nathaniel Currier (18131888) and James Merritt Ives (18241895) based in New York City from 1834 to 1907.
The firm of Currier and Ives was in operation from 1857-1907.
As new techniques were developed, publishers began to produce full-color lithographs that gradually developed softer, more painterly effects. Tait became famous when their paintings were reproduced as lithographs.
Skilled artist lithographers such as John Cameron, Fanny Palmer, and others became known for their work and signed important pieces. Currier and Ives was the most prolific and successful company of lithographers in the U. Its lithographs represented every phase of American life, and included the themes of hunting, fishing, whaling, city life, rural scenes, historical scenes, clipper ships, yachts, steamships, the Mississippi River, Hudson River scenes, railroads, politics, comedy, gold mining, winter scenes, commentary on life, portraits, and still lifes.
The favored colors were clear and simple, and the drawing was bold and direct.
The earliest lithographs were printed in black and then colored by hand.Nathaniel Currier soon noticed Ives's dedication to his business, and his artistic knowledge and insight into what the public wanted.