This is a lithograph, 33 1/2" by 23 1/2", the haunting image of a man titled in the image "Kafka", the work signed in the stone, and inscribed in pencil at lower right "Bussigny Aug. 81./For Leslie & Geoffrey/from Carl Fredrik Reutersward" and noted "HC" inconspicuously at lower left. This is a graphic work of CARL FREDRIK REUTERSWARD (1934-), important Swedish pop artist perhaps best known for his oversized "knotted gun" sculptures gracing squares and plazas around the world, including the grounds of the United Nations in New York. Reutersward, so the story goes, was a good friend of John Lennon. When Lennon was shot in 1980 (so, just before this image was created), the artist was so moved that he began sketching the now famous knotted gun, symbolizing peace. It became so popular a motif that it now appears in many cities. Reutersward's paintings and sculptures appear at auction where they have brought to about $25,000. CONDITION: The print has some foxing from old dampness, especially at lower right, but also within the oval border, and some rippling of the paper. I might explore shipping this in a tube, for safety as the piece of glass is rather large. .
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