A pair of fine lithograph prints on Arches paper, from an edition of 300 examples, signed in the plate, printed in 1966 in Paris by Andre Sauret for Mourlot Freres. The prints are from a set of twelve images that were used as illustrations in the book "Stempeniou" by Cholen Aleikhem. The major Jewish-Ukrainian artist, EMANUEL MANE-KATZ (1894-1962) began working on the project in Geneva in 1958, at which time he created the gouaches on which the prints were later based. He completed the work in New York and then reached out to the Mourlot firm, renowned of course for its lithography. Mane-Katz died in 1962 before the project came to fruition, and Alexis Manaranche, a trusted friend, completed the project. The images are of a wedding, with a band playing instruments in one image, and a couple dancing, in the other. One is signed in the plate at upper right, the other signed at lower left corner. Measurements of the sheets are 19" by 25 1/2". The traditionally framed example measures 27" by 33", the metal-framed one just slightly smaller. The artist was born in the Ukraine near the end of the 19th century. By age 19 he was in Paris, studying art, becoming friends with many major artists, including Picasso (who painted him in 1932). Mane-Katz was a member of the so-called Jewish School of Paris. He specialized in creating works which showed Jewish life in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Favorite subject matter included Hasidic figures, rabbis, musicians, beggars, and yeshiva students. Some of Mane-Katz's works on canvas have exceeded $200,000 at auction. A museum dedicated to his work and collected objects of Judaica opened in Haifa, Israel. These have not been examined out of frame but appear to be in excellent, clean condition. If you intend to re-frame anyway, so that they match, these could possibly be rolled in a tube to save on shipping costs.
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