Entitled, “THE WOOD THE GRAVER an exhibition of the work of Fritz Eichenberg”, this poster features a detail from a wood engraving – one from a set entitled, “The Follies of War.” The exhibit was presented in the galleries of the Associated American Artists (AAA). AAA was founded by Reeves Lowenthal in 1934, during the Great Depression to bring affordable art to the middle classes while simultaneously providing income to American artists. He contracted artists to produce lithographs in limited editions, which he then sold for $5 apiece plus $2 per frame; many of these $5 prints currently sell for tens of thousands of dollars. The gallery, an icon in the American art scene, closed in 1981.
Fritz Eichenberg (1901-1990) was born into a Jewish family in Cologne, Germany and moved to the U.S. shortly after the Nazi rise to power. He was an illustrator who worked largely in wood engraving prints. “In Praise of Folly” was a 1972 limited edition publication.
This poster is in excellent condition and will be shipped rolled into a sturdy cylinder.
dimensions: height – 30 1/2″; width – 24″