Pencil signed at lower right and bearing "Artist's Proof" at lower left is this etching, 10 3/4" by 8 1/2" inside the mat, 18 3/4" by 15 3/4" as framed, by the noted late American artist JACK LEVINE (1915-2010). Levine, deceased in 2010 at the age of 95, will be remembered as an artist who bucked the modernism trends to pursue his own trail in social satire, caricature, and "Hebraism". He was born in Boston and was exposed to the grittier aspects of street life. These experiences ultimately came to define his art, as gangsters, poverty and political upheaval were frequent subjects. He worked for the WPA in the late 1930's and for decades fiercely resisted the pressure of abstract expressionism and other art movements of the mid 20th century. Levine's art is in major museum collections and paintings sell at major New York auctions. See the net for much more on his life. The New York Times published a comprehensive obituary shortly after his passing. This print is very clean and ready for the wall. The paper remains white and not oxidized. Judging from the framing and framer's label I would guess this dates to the late 1950's or early 1960's. .
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