A caricature image of the famous mathematician and physicist Albert Einstein, captured with spare but well-placed lines, by the well-known American Social Realist artist, BEN SHAHN (1898-1969). The print, signed in the plate and also in ink by the artist, nearby at lower right, measures 11 1/2" by 8 1/2" inside the present mat (and 19" by 14 1/2" in present metal frame, can be shipped without glass or unframed). Judging from the near absence of auction records, this is apparently a rather rare work. The print was acquired in 2010 from the estate of a relative of Alice and Theodore Himelstein of Marina del Rey, California, along with several original prints signed by Shahn. The Himelsteins, originally of New York, were personal friends of Shahn, and the 2010 sale offered a number of works related to Shahn and his second wife Bernarda Bryson. Shahn was born in Lithuania and came to the United States as a child. After education at NYU and the National Academy of Design he went to Paris, meeting there many major figures of the 1920's art scene there. In 1933 Shahn assisted Diego Rivera on the famous Rockefeller Center mural. In later years, Shahn was a familiar figure in the Social Realist fold, selectively accepting commissions for work that would further the humanistic causes he supported. The artist credited Walker Evans the photographer, Diego Rivera, and Jean Charlot for the influences they had on his artistic development. Shahn's paintings and signed prints sell regularly at major auctions in New York. Allow for reflections in a few of the images.
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