Color woodblock on paper, 13 1/4" by 9 1/4" (21" by 17" as framed), pencil signed by the artist at lower right, numbered 143/200 at lower left and titled there "Prayer". Amen's works are most commonly prints, as he is considered a master print maker in woodblock, etching, lithography and silk screen, but he also executed oils and acrylics, in the course of a long career. The subject is a young boy of about bar mitzvah age, holding a prayer book---a rather typical subject for Amen, who generally focused on children as subject matter, as well as Jewish themes. Amen was born in New York and was precocious, exhibiting in his teens. After World War II he worked in the US and Belgium on murals (you can see from this work why he'd be successful as a muralist). He exhibited at the New School for Social Research. Later in life he has taught print making and sculpting, and as of the 1990's he is recorded as a resident of Boca Raton, Florida. See the net for more on the artist. .
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