**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 adorable kittens staring at the viewer is in compromised condition, with overall browning of the paper due to long contact with acidic cardboard backing, two small holes in the margin at lower right (easily matted out), and some old moisture staining/discoloration in that lower margin and extending a bit into the image at lower left corner. Tightly rematted, many of the margin issues would be hidden. Measurements are 14 1/4 " by 12 3/4". A low quality frame in poor condition is available but it should be discarded. The work could be shipped between boards. 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.
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