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Max Pollak
Lower East Side Tenements Yiddish Barber Shop 1920's Aquatint Etching Judaica

1929

$1,200

About the Item

Hand signed, numbered and titled. It depicts the old lower east side of New York city with its tenements and different language signes, barber shop poles and loitering figures. This one has Yiddish before it became Chinatown. 8 7/8 x 4 3/4" platemark. mat measures 15 x 9.5 In America he's best known by his New-York Views, commissioned for Theodore Dreiser's limited edition book "My City" published in 1929. Pollak together with his wife Friedl emigrated to the US in 1927 having already established a reputation and achieved some success in Vienna as a society portrait artist (famous actors, writers, dancers, musicians and scientists). He'd been a student of Emil Orlik, William Unger (1837-1932) and Ferdinand Schmutzer (1870-1928). Vienna was the home of a few successful aquatint etchers: Pollak, Luigi Kasimir (1881-1962) and Hans Figura (1898-1978). The most famous aquatint and portrait etcher from Czech descent of that period was Tavik Frantisek Simon (1877-1942) but he, after working in Paris 1905-1913, had returned to Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1917.
  • Creator:
    Max Pollak (1886 - 1970, Austrian)
  • Creation Year:
    1929
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 15 in (38.1 cm)Width: 9.5 in (24.13 cm)
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  • Condition:
    mat has wear. 8 7/8 x 4 3/4" platemark. mat measures 15 x 9.5.
  • Gallery Location:
    Surfside, FL
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU3823574871

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