A colorful print "Share Chanukah with the Children of Israel", pencil signed at lower right margin and numbered 46/150 at lower left, by the eastern Europe-born, Jewish-American artist CHAIM GROSS (1904-1991). The work measures 22" square (23 1/4" square in metal frame with detail-dulling non-glare style glass). Gross was well known for his "direct carving" sculpture in wood and stone, and began experimenting with printmaking as far back as 1929. Born in present-day Ukraine to a large, cultured Hasidic Jewish family, he was in Budapest shortly after World War I. Deported from Hungary, he was in the United States in 1921. In New York he studied at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design under Elie Nadelman, and at the Art Students League. By the late twenties he was himself a teacher, and Louise Nevelson was one of his students. His sculptures were exhibited in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and a monograph was published. In subsequent decades he received increasing recognition, as he turned to bronze sculpture, and today his art is in major museum collections, and in public spaces in places such as Manhattan. From the sixties on he created roughly 200 print images. This example appears to be in excellent condition. I would suggest discarding the present glass, which probably dates this work to about 1970.
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