For the collector of fine modern and surrealist art, this is a pencil signed etching on Arches Vellum paper, titled "Code of Faces V" or "Visages V", or "Quatre Visages" created in 1962 by noted Romanian French Jewish artist VICTOR BRAUNER (1902-1966). There was a series of etchings by the artist that year, all variations of this same theme. Measurements are 19 1/4" by 14 1/2" inside the mat, (27" by 21 3/4" as framed). The total edition was 60 impressions, and this is number 47. Condition is excellent, with no foxing noted. On line biographies of Brauner mention that he was in Vienna as a youth, and then spent time in France and Italy later in life while returning periodically to his native Romania. By the 1920's he was participating in avant-garde exhibitions of surrealist and Dadaist art. Brauner associated with some of the most noted surrealists, including Yves Tanguy, Oscar Dominguez and Andre Breton, and he met the great sculptor Constantin Brancusi in Paris in 1930, even living for a time in the same building as Alberto Giacometti. World War II forced him into hiding in rural France, but after the war he was in Paris, and in the 1950's the Venice Biennale devoted an entire room to his works. Brauner's popularity has seemed to be on the increase, his place in art history increasingly secured, judging from trends in auction records. Original paintings have regularly exceeded $200,000 at auctions in London and New York, and in May of 2008 a painting exceeded $1,000,000 at Sotheby's in New York. This particular print was purchased in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was said to have come from the renowned Menil collection in Houston. It bears an old typed label from a Houston gallery. ALLOW FOR REFLECTIONS IN SOME IMAGES. See the net for much, much more on the artist. .
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