Lithograph on paper print of 1897/98, titled "Kraniche" in German, commonly known as "Cranes" or "Swans" in English, the sheet with margins 10 1/4" by 14", unframed, signed in pencil at lower left margin. This is a fine early color lithograph by the noted German artist WALTER LEISTIKOW (1865-1908). Leistikow's talent was nourished at an early age, He studied at the Royal Academy in Berlin, and by 1890 was himself an art professor at the Berlin Art and Craft School. Leistikow was a founding member of the art group "The XI", and around the year this print was created, he was a founder of the Berlin Secession. Today the artist's paintings have approached $100,000 at auction, mostly in Germany. Sadly he shot himself in 1908 while still in his mid forties, ending a notable career. The artist is known to have befriended Edvard Munch and doubtless associated with other important artists while in Berlin. The print is taped along the top edge to a sleeve in which it has been obviously offered in the art trade. There are very small corner losses at extreme upper right and lower right, and a bit of creasing associated with that top right corner, as shown. Otherwise other than some slight margin browning, the print is fresh and clean and colors are also very fresh.
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