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Jobs Wanted. c. 1932. Wood engraving. 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 12 7/8). A rich, dramatic impression printed on ivory wove Rolland Parchment. Signed in pencil. $1,500.
Subway Work at Night. Moscow. 1935. Wood engraving. 10 1/4 x 11 3/4. (sheet 13 1/4 x 14 5/8) A rich impression printed on Japanese mulberry paper with wide margins and deckle edges on top and bottom. Accompanied by an old exhibition label. Signed in pencil. $750.
Albert Abramovitz was born in Riga, Latvia, on January 24, 1879. He studied art at the Imperial Art School in Odessa and at the Grande Chaumière in Paris. In Paris, he became a member of the Salon in 1911. In 1913 he became a member of its jury. He also became a member or of the Salon d'Automne. While in Europen he received a medal at Clichy and an award in Paris, as well as the Grand Prize at the Universal Exhibition in Rome and Turin, Italy in 1911.
In 1916, Abramovitz came to America. In 1921, he had a first solo show at the Civic Club in Manhattan. During the 1940's and 50's, he lived in Brooklyn.In the 1940's he a one-man show at the Bonestall Gallery (1940). He also exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago (1938, 1940), Union of American Artists (1940), American Artists Congresses exhibition (1941 "In Defense of Culture"), American Art, ACA Gallery (1942 - "Artists in the War"), New-Age Gallery (1943, 1946), National Academy of Design (1946), American Association of University Women (1946), and the American Artists Congress.
His works are in the collections of the: British Museum, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Abramovitz's wood engravings are often socially and politically oriented. He made 18 prints for the Federal Arts Projects in New York between 1935 and 1939. The titles reflect a wide variety of subject matter: Accident, Civil War, Dispensary, Gone, Dangerous Crossing, Music of the Blind, The Master, Rickets, Unseaworthy, Suicide, Drought, Flood.
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