This deeply impressed large etching is the "E'preuve D'Artiste" (Artists Proof)by Mario Micossi. The size of the impression is approx.15.5" wide by 13" tall, and is uncut and surrounded by a paper mat (presently in a clear wrap for protection. Signed and dated along the bottom below the impression.
Entitled "Toits a Paris" and dated 1967, it is a fine example of his work at that period. The deep etching or pressing of the paper in his "architectural" etchings creates a very three dimensional effect...with a highly sculptural feeling. (My photos do not do justice to this etching unfortunately)
Micossi was born in 1922 in the town of Argenta, just north of Venice. He studied art at the Udine Lyceum before completing his education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 1946. He moved to New York and worked there until 1955...working as an illustrator for "The New Yorker" and "Saturday Review".
Examples of his etchings are in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fogg Museum, Harvard University, the Albertina in Venice, the Stockholm National Museum, the Stutttgart Staatsgalerie, the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
A good clean example, and since it was the Artist's Proof, it was kept by the artist in his portfolio. A nice addition to your "Moderne" art collection!!
**Please see the other etchings I have listed by Mario Micossi (all of them are Artist's Proofs!!).***