This is an original charcoal on paper portrait drawing of a young woman, 18" by 12 1/2" inside the mat (25" by 19" as framed), signed "J Floch" at lower right. His prints and drawings (see a lithograph by the artist, in my shop) are quite affordable, while paintings have brought to the $80,000 area at auction in Europe and America. Floch was born in Austria, but spent the later part of his life in the New York area. From an online biography: "Joseph Floch was born in Vienna, Austria in 1895. He showed signs of artistic talent at an early age and became successful as a painter throughout Europe and the United States. He spent the First World War in Holland studying at the Academy of Fine Arts, and until later on in the war managed to evade military service. When eventually he was conscripted he convinced the military that he was unable to fight for medical reasons and was placed in an office. After the war he worked in Vienna until 1924 when he moved to Paris. There he remained for the following 17 years working in his own studio; he enjoyed great success in Paris. He married Hermine née Fränkl in 1925; she was a close family friend who was ten years his junior. In 1941, Floch and his family immigrated to the United States in order to escape Nazi persecution. He lived and worked in New York until his death in 1977. He was survived by Hermine and their children, Jenny, Arthur and David. Floch's painting is in the Expressionist style. His subjects are diverse, but the most popular amongst his paintings are interiors with female figures". Condition: Very good, with oxidation browning of the thin paper (note the "mat burn" at edges), and slight edge cracking at right edge well into the margin area. There is some sticky residue on the glass from tape which causes shadows that look like damage or staining, but which are not. Also the camera seems to accentuate a light horizontal crease at the top of her head, and the browning of roughly the top third of the drawing; in actual life, neither the browning nor the crease is all that visible, noticeable or objectionable. ALLOW FOR REFLECTIONS IN SOME IMAGES. .
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