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META PLUCKEBAUM (1876-1945) fine drypoint etching by artist known for cat and dog art
**ONE OF SEVERAL WORKS BY THE ARTIST IN MY SHOP** Meta Pluckebaum (1876-1945, date of death sometimes given as 1954) was a German artist and illustrator, best remembered today for her sensitive fine drypoint etchings of cats, as well as dogs and other animals. A children's book illustrator, a large body of prints, as well as original drawings and paintings, are known by her hand. Works appear frequently at auction. Pluckebaum was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1876, and studied with the artist Hermann Pohle, as well as with her own husband Karl. This pencil-signed example of her graphic work of an adorable kitten staring in disappointment at a cream pitcher is in compromised condition, with overall browning of the paper due to long contact with acidic cardboard backing, some missing corners, especially at upper right, an edge tear, and light creases. Rematted, much of the edge issues would be hidden. Measurements are 11 3/4 " by 10" (15" by 12 1/4" framed). The print is loose in the frame as there is no mat. It could be shipped between boards, and the frame included. Pluckebaum's subject matter is highly appealing and universally popular. Examples on the market that appear to be signed are often actually printed signatures. My examples are are pencil signed by the artist. Additionally, this one is titled in pencil in German at lower left "Saure Milch!" ("Sour Milk"---no doubt accounting for the kitten's disappointed expression)!
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