Etching of Polish Rabbi by American Jewish Artist Elias M. Grossman (1898-1947) "Polish Type"
This masterly done etching shows a profile of a Polish Jew sporting a long beard and wearing a hat. Signed in the plate and hand signed in pencil.
This is a rare etching by this artist. In my research of past auction results and gallery offerings, I was not able to find this particular work. Many of the same etchings by Grossman can be found in different galleries, but this one is way less common than most of his work.
Very good condition. Slight remnant of old tape on the top, and a tiny tear on the left margin.
Image size: 8.25" x 9.75"
Paper size: 9.75" x 11.75"
Artist's Biography: Elias Mandel Grossman (1898 - 1947) , Jewish-American artist. Born in Kobryn (former Poland, now Belarus), Elias Mandel Grossman immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. Settling in Brooklyn (Columbia Heights), after he finished his public school and high school, he started working as a hat maker. Grossman studied art at the Educational Alliance Art School, the Cooper Union and the Art Students' League of New York. By the mid 1920's Grossman was establishing a solid reputation for his etched and engraved views of New York City and other major American centers. Elias Grossman traveled extensively during the 1930's and 1940's and etched many scenes of Italy, Spain and the Holy Land. Examples of his etchings and engravings are found in major public collections, such as The Georgetown University, Lauinger Library, The National Gallery of Art and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.