For sale here is a striking vintage 1950s original relief print on paper titled "Vegetative Forms" and numbered 44 out of an edition of 200 by artist Hermann Ober (1920-1997, b. Germany). A fantastic mid century abstract modernist composition by an internationally recognized post-war German artist! Here's a short bio that I put together from various sources online:
Ober was born in the town of Freilassing - a suburb of Salzburg, Austria just across the border in Germany, in 1920. He studied with the artist Engelbert Staller, a church painter from his home town, and had his first exhibition of his artwork at the tender age of 17.
Ober was called up for service in 1939 and served in the ‘mountain troops’ a local reserve in the area. In 1942 he was wounded by a grenade explosion, and he subsequently lost his leg. He returned to his home town where he continued to study art during the final years of the war.
After the war ended, Ober studied with Slavi Soucek in Salzburg, and in Munich where he completed his ‘master painter’ degree. This was where he was first exposed to the international Modernism movement, and he resolved that abstract art was his main interest going forward. In 1951 he was a founding member of the Salzburg Group.
His artworks are in the collections of many museums worldwide including the V&A in London, the Museum of Modern Art in Kamakura Japan, the Cincinnati Museum in Ohio, and many museums throughout Germany and Austria.
This original relief print was made by the artist in the late 1950s, and measures 19-5/8" by 15-1/4". It is signed, numbered and titled in pencil by the artist at front as shown. There are also gallery notes at back as shown from the Eric Locke Gallery of San Francisco, and Eric Locke purchased the artwork directly from the artist in the late 1950s.
This artwork has never been framed, and will ship rolled in a tube unless you request flat shipping which will be an additional charge. Please inquire if this is your preference.
I acquired this vintage exhibition lithograph poster from the estate of the former gallery owner Eric Locke of San Francisco. Eric Locke was born in Germany where he studied acting and filmmaking, and he moved to Hollywood in the late 1920s where he worked on many of the movies made by the German director Ernst Lubitsch. He was also the personal assistant to Lubitsch for many years. After retiring from the film industry after WWII, he moved to San Francisco where he opened his art gallery. The Eric Locke Gallery was famous in it's day for championing the graphics arts by up and coming artists from the Bay Area and from around the world, and was one of only two galleries in San Francisco that sold graphic arts when it opened, the other being the world-famous Gumps. Locke also did Summer Sculpture shows which included many of the Bay Area Metal Arts Guild membership including Peter Macchiarini and Margaret de Patta. The Eric Locke gallery was open from 1955 to 1965, though all the artworks were acquired prior to 1964, when the proprietor had a stroke and was no longer able to run the business. After closing the gallery in 1965, these artworks were placed in storage until the present. I purchased them from the long-time partner of Eric Locke just before his death in Palm Springs in 2015.