By the well-known Slovenian artist ZORAN ANTONIO MUSIC (1909-2005) this is an unframed 1953 lithograph, titled "Femmes des Iles" (or, sometimes, "Femmes Dalmates"), signed in pencil at lower right and numbered at lower left 169/220. The sheet measures 15" by 22 1/2". Music was born in present-day Slovenia not far from the Adriatic Sea. He had his first one-man exhibition in the mid 1940's as war swept Europe. He was imprisoned by the Nazis and ended up at Dachau prison camp, where he was among those liberated by Allied forces in 1945. While at Dachau he was able to make sketches of camp life which have proven to be valuable historical documents. During the 1950's Music maintained a studio in Venice, a city with which he maintained ties throughout his life. In the later part of his life, the artist made his home in Paris. He won the Grand Prize in 1956 at the Venice Biennale for graphic art. Later awards included Slovenia's highest award for the arts. Music's modern paintings have exceeded $300,000 at major auctions. This print has a number of flaws, most notably a brown rectangular stain at upper right margin where a typed label (which has been retained) was once affixed. The label reads "From the Collection of: HOWARD WILLOUGHBY, Trustee Emeritus of CCAC [California College Arts and Crafts], "Femmes des Fles (sic) - Music graphic 169/220, 12x18/$50". There are also some light handling creases, the most significant at upper left, a short edge tear at left, a dog-eared corner at lower left, and other minor flaws. Framing would hide most of this except for a portion of the margin stain at upper right. The print represents an opportunity to own an example of mid century Italian modernism at a reasonable price. Could be shipped rolled in a tube.
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