A fine woodcut print on Japan type thin, delicate paper, 8 1/2" by 6 1/2" inside the mat, no frame, signed in pencil at lower right and dated there 1931, a monogram in the printed image at lower left, adn inscribed "To Hal" at lower left, by the well listed artist IGNATZ SAHULA-DYCKE (1900-1982). The dramatic subject is mysterious and difficult to describe: a woman, perhaps somewhat sinister or even possibly Death, comforts a young girl, as a younger boy looks on from the right lower corner. No doubt the artist could describe the meaning of all this, but we are left to speculate. Sahula-Dycke was born in Bohemia, (Czech). By his twenties he was already in Chicago, where by 1926 he had already won a prize at the Art Institute. He worked in commercial advertising in Chicago and later in Dallas after 1936. It is with Texas and then New Mexico (after 1954, especially around the Taos and Santa Fe area) that he is most closely associated today. The artist painted landscapes in oil and watercolor while in New Mexico. This print has traveled without glass for some time but has remained in good condition. There is a small hole at extreme right margin, probably the result of insects, barely noticeable, and the tissue paper is glued to the mat at top edge only. Final two images are of the reverse side, showing how the ink can be seen through the tissue paper.
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