This is a powerful study of a man, in pencil, chalk, and gouache, signed at lower right by artist ROBERT SPRINGFELS (1911-1984). The drawing is on paper laid on masonite. Measurements are 28 5/8" by 22 3/4" and a 1 1/4" wood frame with considerable character and patina. There is a printed out note on the reverse which states that the artist exhibited at the Butler Art Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio in 1965. A google search shows his work is also included in the permanent collection of that institution. There is an askart listing, which gives birth/death dates, the place of birth, Colorado, and the fact that he exhibited in 1941 at the San Francisco Art Association, but otherwise I cannot locate a lot of information on this obviously talented artist. This work should appeal to the art lover who seeks depictions of the human form. Condition is good, with original tack holes on edges and it appears lower right extreme corner was a little ragged BEFORE it was laid down long ago, so it appears to be sort of original to the work if that makes sense! The paper slightly puckered in several areas, no doubt due to its being laid on a board as it is.
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