This is a double-sided drawing of figures by the very well listed American artist RICO (FEDERICO) LEBRUN (1900-1964), measuring 9 1/2" by 7 1/2" (10 3/4" by 8 3/4" in temporary protective framing). The front side shows a figure of a warrior, drawn rapidly in ink; at the bottom in pencil is "to Kate/from Rico--1948". On the reverse are two figures drawn rapidly with pencil, and no writing. On a recent label affixed to the backing is written the phrase "GIFT TO KATHERINE STEEL FROM RICO LEBRUN". There is no other information referring to or elaborating on this relationship and recipient. Lebrun was born in Naples, Italy and educated in art there. He worked for a stained glass factory, and when an opportunity developed to do similar work in Springfield, Illinois, he moved to America. Subsequently Lebrun moved to New York, where he taught at the Art Students League. By 1938 we find him in Los Angeles, teaching at Chouinard. Today Lebrun is known as a modernist and expressionist who created beautiful works centered on the human figure. He was a sculptor as well. His works are in fine museum collections from coast to coast, and they appear with some frequency at auction. The askart listing of publications, dating back to 1942, in which Lebrun is included is unusually long and impressive. This drawing is in very good condition. The work is crudely taped around the edges on the reverse, and there is a square shaped indentation or box in center, appearing to have resulted perhaps from the artist or someone else having drawn on another piece of paper on top of this, the indentation lines remaining from the pressure that had been applied. It is not distracting. Framing is modern and protective only. See the net for many more images of Lebrun's works in many media.
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