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  Louis Schanker   (1903-1981)

 
  POLO, ca. 1941. Signed and titled in pencil. The artist's chop mark is printed in the l.r. corner of the image. No stated edition, but most of his were very small. Printed on soft Japanese paper in magenta, orange, blue, and yellow on a rich black background. The effect of the strong colors bouncing off the black ground enhances the sense of action in the subject. (There is a black and white version of this image dated 1941.) The marginal printing smudges, slightly imperfect registration of the color blocks, and unusual manipulation of the colors led David Acton to write, "Schanker's inventive attitude toward technique became a hallmark of his color woodcuts in the 1940s....The artist always printed his own blocks and encouraged potentially creative accidents during the process." (Worcester Art Museum, 1990.) Schanker devoted many prints to sports. In excellent condition.
 
 
  Color woodcut: image 7 7/8 x 7 1/4; sheet, 12 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches. $1700.
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