ONE OF TWO OF THIS SAME PRINT IN MY SHOP, lithograph print in elegant gray and white on black paper, 27" by 22", (and 33 1/2" by 27" in silvery modern frame), pencil signed at lower right, and numbered 5/100 at lower left. The title is "Daphne and Apollo", the imagery consisting of idealized male and female figures with leafy trees in the background, creating a most interesting and modern composition that looks almost like a "solarized" photo. Considering the complexity of this image, it is no wonder that the artist, HANS ERNI (1909-2015) is considered "the Swiss Picasso". Erni passed away in 2015 at the amazing age of 106, and he is said to have been active nearly to the end. He was an artist with a long and distinguished career as painter, sculptor, and designer. According to wikipedia information widely disseminated online, Erni, had been described as "one of the most important living artists of our time," and the "Swiss Picasso." He is well known for illustrating postage stamps, activism, lithographs, and for the Swiss Red Cross. His work has grown in admiration and his awards include an Olympic Gold Medal for his sports artwork as well as the UN Peace Medal. In 2002 when Switzerland celebrated its entry into the United Nations, Erni was invited to decorate the Palais des Nations in Geneva. First apprenticed to an architectural draftsman, Erni studied at the Ecole des Artes Metiers in Lucerne. He lived in Paris in 1928 - 29 to study at the Academie Julian, and completed his studies in Berlin in the following year. His earliest work reveals the influence of Picasso and of some of the painters of the surrealist movement including Salvador Dali. Starting with his earliest works, he exhibited a very personal style . The Hans Erni Museum in his hometown of Lucerne hosts his work. See the net for much, much more on this important artist, the oils of whom have sold to $50,000 in the auction marketplace.
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