Luigi Kasimir Authentic Aquatint Etching 500 Fifth Avenue New York
A lovely view of 500 Fifth Avenue building in NYC, in the early 20th Century. Also, the back on NYC Public Library and a part of Bryant Park is shown on this etching. This is an estate signed original Luigi Kasimir etching. This piece was signed by either Kasimir's son Robert (aka Raoul) or his wife, Tanna Kasimir Hoernes. Luigi Kasimir is well known for his beautiful colored etchings of landscapes and city views. This print comes framed behind glass. Pick up is available in Maywood, NJ. The actual picture is about 17" x 11.5". Total size with frame is 27" x 21.5".
Condition is excellent with only one or two minor scuffs on the wooden frame.
Bio below is taken from Wikipedia.
Luigi Kasimir (1881–1962) was an Austro-Hungarian-born etcher, painter, printmaker and landscape artist.
Kasimir was born in 1881 at Ptuj (Pettau, in German), today Slovenia, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. He inherited his talent from his ancestors; his grandfather was a painter and a poet, and his father an officer in the Habsburg army, who later became a professional painter. Kasimir attended the Vienna Academy of Art where he studied under Wilhelm Unger, who introduced him to the technique of the coloured etching, and also to his future wife, the artist Tanna Hoernes. He died in 1962 in Grinzing, a suburb of Vienna.
Kasimir was among the first to develop the technique of the coloured etching. Before this, prints were usually hand-coloured with the colour being applied in a casual, haphazard manner. Kasimir would first create a sketch—usually in pastel. He then transferred the design on as many as four to six plates, printing one after the other and applying the colour on the plate—all done by hand.
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