For your consideration, a signed etching by the noted American painter and printmaker Hank Laventhol (1927–2001). This surrealistic work entitled “Essai II” is signed by the artist;’ the piece does not have an addition number, making it more than likely that it is a one of kind work. Most probably circa 1960’s-1970’s, the etching is in excellent condition with no foxing or stains, and measures 14 ¾” x 11” in its original custom 16 ¼” x 12 ¼” brushed chrome and glass gallery frame (gallery label attached to verso).
The work features three pressed sections, each displaying a surrealistic polymorphic figure with castles, fauna, and other environments integrated within the composition. The work displays a high level of draftsmanship and craft.
Hank Laventhol (1927–2001) was an American painter and master print maker who made his career in Europe. Born in Philidelphia Laventhol graduated Yale University with a BA in Fine Arts. He did post graduate studies at Columbia University and went into business in New York City. At the age of 32, he left for Europe to pursue additional studies in art. He attended theAcaddemy of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy, and eventually spent 10 years in Europe, making his home inMallorca, Spain. . He had four solo shows in London and one-man-exhitions in Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Brussels, Florence, Zürich, Lausanne and Barcelona. In the United States his work was seen at five solo shows at theBodley Gallery in New York City. He also showed in other major US cities.
Laventhol’s work is in corporate and private collections, museums and libraries, includingThe National Museum of Art , Washington, D.C.,Yale Unicersity Art Gallery , TheNasher Musuem of Art at the Art Museum of Duke University, Durham, N.Carolina, The Print Collection of the Ndw York Public Library , The Free Library of Philadelphia, and Le Bibliotèque Nationale de France in Paris. Laventhol has been listed in Benezit, the definitive Directory of Painters and Print Makers.
Besides painting and sculpting in multiple media, Laventhol published editions of etchings and color aquatints, a demanding and precise process that provided him with a variety of color and texture, unrivaled by any other etching technique. He owned two etching presses and pulled his own prints. Publishers include Associated American Artist New York Graphic Society, Original Print Collectors Group Ltd., Pierre Chave, France and George Visat, Paris, who also published graphic editions of, among others, Rene Magritte, Man Ray, Roberto Matta . Critics called Laventhol a surrealist . The artist, however, preferred to think of his work as dealing with fantasy realism.
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