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. Signed in pencil. $650.
Abramovitz was one of the most ardent social realists during the Great Depression, doing almost 20 works for the Federal Arts Project from 1935-1939. In the early 1930s he documented the Moscow Subway construction until completion, then returned to the United States, living in East Meadow, until his death in 1963.
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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