Large colored etching, posthumous printing, after the circa 1914 original print of the famous Austrian landmark on the Danube west of Vienna, the 18th century-built Melk Abbey (sometimes called Melk Monastery), signed in pencil at lower center by the son of the artist, Robert (the actual signature is preceded by "nl" which indicates Nachlass, or Studio, of the artist). The image is by the well-known painter and printmaker LUIGI KASIMIR (1881-1962). The 18" by 23" work (28" by 32 1/2" framed) is in excellent condition. Kasimir was born in present day Slovenia (then, Austria-Hungary) into a family with a history of artistic talent. He became known for his pioneering the colored etching, though he did also paint and draw in pastel. Prior to this time, most etchings and engravings were colored by hand after they left the printing press. The colored etching or aquatint was quite an advancement. Kasimir created many landscape prints of Austria, Germany and Italy, but later in life traveled to the United States, where he created now-coveted monumental prints of scenes of New York City and California's Yosemite. The Baroque architectural masterpiece Melk Abbey was a Benedictine monastery, built between 1702 and 1736 on a promontory above the Danube River. The posthumous printings are signed in pencil but the signature obviously differs from those on the original issue prints by Luigi Kasimir.
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