This is an original etching by Irving Amen (1918-2011). It is signed in the lower right margin and inscribed "47/200 Audience At Tivoli" in the lower left margin. It shows ten thoughtful and somewhat mournful children in a theater. Each child is a separate study in character and mood. This print is a wonderfully fresh strike with rich contrast between the light and dark areas and sharp definition in every drawn line. It was purchased by the previous owner in 1978 or 1979. It is framed in a silver foil and black wood frame with a gray-brown mat to complement the tones of the etching, itself.
Irving Amen was a prolific print maker who was also well respected and received numerous honors throughout his long career. He taught at the Pratt Institute of Design in New York City and at Notre Dame University. His first significant exhibition was at the New School for Social Research. In 1949 he had a one-man show at the Smithsonian. His work is in numerous major collections. Some of the highlights are: the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of American History, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the New York Public Library, etc. Foreign institutions that hold his work include the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as well as other museums across Europe and in Israel.
Condition is good.
Measurements are: etching, plate mark, 11 7/8 inches x 17 3/8 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 21 3/4 inches x 26 3/4 inches.
This is one of Amen's most beautiful and thought provoking prints. The children are young, beautiful and mysterious. The print has a lingering mood that might be called haunting.