Sid Chafetz entitled this lithograph of a dancing Uncle Sam and Columbia, Dr. Prinzhorn’s Patriotic Pair. His intent with this theme is not entirely clear to us. But Dr. Prinzhorn is a historical person who lived between 1886 and 1933. He studied philosophy and art history and later trained in psychiatry. In Heidelberg, he collected the art of psychiatric patients, which collection served as the basis of his publication, Artistry of the Mentally Ill and which made a strong impression on both impressionists and artists of the Art Brut (also called outsider art in English) movement. Most probably, Chafetz was not just referencing the art of the insane. More likely, he meant to show the “insanity” of ultra-patriotic Americans; dancing also recalls the fetes of the patients in the English institution of Bedlam.
The print is titled (Dr. Prinzhorn’s Patriotic Pair), numbered (14/20) and signed (S. Chafetz, 1994) in pencil along the lower border. It is in mint condition and will be sent flat.
image dimensions: height – 25″; width – 21″