Oiseau Dans Le Cercle by Johnny Friedlaender

This is a large abstract etching and aquatint by Johnny Friedlaender. It is very typical of his work exhibiting abstract geometric shapes with a variety of colors. He uses thicker inks which gives the piece some surface. It is pencil signed lower right and is noted to be an artists proof E.A. lower left. I have not been able to identify the specific piece, so do not know the actual edition size. The etching has experienced some water damage which is most apparent on the reverse, but can be seen in the upper right. The price reflects this damage.
Johnny Friedlaender (1912-1992) was born in Germany and did his studies in Breslau with Otto Mueller. Prior to WWII he exhibited extensively throughout Europe including a very successful exhibit in The Hague. He moved to France in 1937 to escape Nazi persecution, but ultimately spent 4 years in concentration camps before being liberated in 1944. He ultimately became a French citizen.
Friedlaender is credited with taking the medium of aquatint etching to new heights. He effectively used this technique to create his abstract visions. They are characterized by striking colors and dramatic designs. He ultimately exhibited all over the world. In 1957 he was the recipient of the Biennial Kakamura Prize in Tokyo and the Lovis Corinth prize in 1981. He became an influential teacher accepting a teaching post awarded by UNESCO at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and ultimately teaching out of his studio in Paris. A major retrospective of his work was held at the Musee dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1978 followed by retrospectives in Bremen and Bonn. His work is held by major museums around the world.

Size: 1950s
Price: $350
Size: 30 x 22 inches
Plate Size: 30 x 22 inches
Condition: Some evidence of water staining.
Medium: Aquatint Etching
Subject: Abstract

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