Ides by Johnny Friedlaender

This is an etching and aquatint by Johnny Friedlaender. It is titled Ides and was completed in 1976. It is number 76 from an edition of 95 (pencil lower left). In his catalogue raisonne is is Schmücking 554. This is a strong abstract image with effective use of negative space. There is embossing which along with the color fields gives a very nice surface. A very typical piece by Friedlaender.
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 d’Art 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: 1976
Price: $450
Size: 30 x 22 1/2 inches
Plate Size: 30 x 22 1/2 inches
Condition: Excellent
Medium: Aquatint Etching
Subject: Abstract

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