This is a fine painting of the Christmas season flowering plant, the poinsettia, in ink, watercolor and gouache, 13 3/4" by 11", in simple metal framing, no mat, signed at lower left and inscribed to a friend there "with love to David & deepest feelings of appreciation", by the important American artist ABRAHAM RATTNER (1893-1978). Rattner was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. During World War I he was a camouflage artist, serving in some of the major battles of the war. Between 1920 and 1940 he was in Paris, where he met many of the art figures who were in Paris between the wars. In 1940 he returned to New York. Influenced by Rouault and Picasso, Rattner painted modernist works that do not fit neatly into a particular niche; some have called his work Expressionist or Surrealist. Later in life, Rattner taught at the New School and at Yale University. He was a friend of artist and author Henry Miller. This painting, found in Connecticut, was framed in Bridgehampton, Long Island without mat, the art directly against the glass. There is no damage but it would be recommended that this be re-framed with a proper archival mat and a quality frame.
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