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"The Slave," Highly Rare Art Deco Print with Nude Couple by Portnoff, 1930s



Sensual and sinuous, this very rare print by an American sculptor depicts a nude female figure who is embraced by her nude male lover from below, the male serving as the trunk for the female tree who towers above. The artist, Alexander Portnoff, is largely known for his sculptures, but this print is a clear and special exception, and in fact was given to Elizabeth Swenson by the artist's widow in 1950. This gift followed a memorial exhibition hosted by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1949. The print is signed by the artist. (Dimensions include matte and frame).


  • Creator
    Alexander Portnoff (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.75 in. (60.33 cm)Width: 15.75 in. (40.01 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU86515686403

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    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Philadelphia, PA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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