Mid-century 1951 etching by the well listed European artist and printmaker JOHNNY FRIEDLAENDER (1912-1992). The image measures 16" by 12" and 25" by 20" with the frame. The artwork is signed and dated 1951 at the lower right margin with the artist's distinctive signature and titled at lower left. The condition excellent, not examined out of the frame.
Friedlaender was a pioneer in the aquatint process, having taught such artists as Rodo Boulanger. Born in Prussian Silesia before World War I, he showed early talent, exhibiting in Dresden in 1930 when only 18. Friedlaender studied with Otto Mueller in Breslau. By his early 20's he had already been to Berlin and Paris, and by his mid twenties had visited Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Austria, France and Belgium. During the turbulent 1930's Friedlaender found himself a political refuge; he spent time in Nazi concentration camps he very nearly did not survive. After the war's end, his skills came to be very widely recognized, throughout Europe, in Japan, South America and the United States; there were exhibitions of his work in Tokyo, Milan, Rome, Sao Paulo and New York. He became a friend of the important French modernist Nicolas de Stael. More accolades followed late in life, with retrospectives in 1978 at the Musee d'Art Moderne in Paris, in 1987 at the Bremen Art Museum, and in 1992, the year of his death, at Bonn.
JOHNNY FRIEDLAENDER (1912-1992) German- French 20th century listed artist pencil signed etching 1951