Color offset print, 19" by 14 1/8" inside the present mat (30" by 22 1/4" as presently found without glass in simple metal modern frame), pencil signed at lower right, with notation "E.A." (epreuve d'artiste) at lower left, and signed again and dated '88 in the print itself. The subject is an idealized man in motion, with dynamic planes and shapes superimposed upon and behind the figure, creating a most interesting, complex, modern composition. It is no wonder that the artist, HANS ERNI (1909-2015) is considered "the Swiss Picasso". Erni passed away in 2015 at the age of 106, reportedly active until the very end of his long and productive life. He had a distinguished career as painter, sculptor, and designer. According to Wikipedia information, Erni prior to his death had been described as "one of the most important living artists of our time," and the "Swiss Picasso." He is well known for having illustrated postage stamps, for his activism, lithographs, and work for the Swiss Red Cross; awards include an Olympic Gold Medal for his sports artwork as well as the UN Peace Medal. In 2002 when Switzerland celebrated its entry into the United Nations, Erni was invited to decorate the Palais des Nations in Geneva. First apprenticed to an architectural draftsman, Erni studied at the Ecole des Artes Metiers in Lucerne. He lived in Paris in 1928 - 29 to study at the Academie Julian, and completed his studies in Berlin in the following year. The artist's earliest work reveals the influence of Picasso and of some of the painters of the surrealist movement including Salvador Dali. Starting with his earliest works, he exhibited a very unique and identifiable style . The Hans Erni Museum in his hometown of Lucerne, Switzerland, a major repository of his work, will preserve and enhance his legacy, his contribution, to the art world. This print appears to be in excellent condition despite having traveled without glass for an unknown period of time. See the net for much, much more on this important artist, the oils of whom have sold to $50,000 in the auction marketplace.
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