A contrasty, dramatic lithograph of a man's head, modernist artistic liberties apparent in the design, 15" by 11 1/4" inside the present mat (sheet 16 3/4" by 13 3/4"), as framed 24" by 18 1/2", signed in the plate and again in pencil at lower left center by the noted Chicago-associated twentieth century artist WILLIAM SAMUEL SCHWARTZ (1896-1977). Schwartz created approximately 60 limited edition lithographs in the course of a ten year period, beginning in 1928, Born in Belarus, he had some art training in Vilna, and was in the United States by age 16. In 1917 he graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago, a city with which he was linked throughout his life. Schwartz worked many styles and with a variety of subject matter in the course of his career. His early modernist works were complex and some found it difficult to understand the modernity, which encompassed Symbolist, Cubist and other movements. He worked with the Federal Art Project during the Depression years, around the time he would have created this lithograph. Something of an eccentric, Schwartz came to be well known in Chicago art circles. His paintings have approached the $50,000 level at auction. This lithograph has some foxing when viewed close-up, but from normal viewing distance this is much less obvious. The paper has oxidized in the course of 90 or so years. In the style of earlier decades, the print was laid on a card, as shown in the final image.
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