Arontshik – portrait of a young man
lithography on handmade paper, from the 1950/60s
hand signed on the lower right
lower left in Cyrillic titled "Арончик", num. 6
sujet 41 x 30 cm, size in passe-partout 70 x 50 cm
very good condition
provenance: Georg Brühl Collection, Chemnitz
A characteristic representation of a young man, created by Anatoly Lvovich Kaplan (Rahatschou / Belarus 1902-1980 St. Petersburg) – a famous painter of Russian avant-garde, sculptor and graphic artist of Belorussian-Jewish origin.
On the advice of Marc Chagall (1887-1985), whom the young Kaplan met in Vitebsk/Russian Empire (now Belarus), he traveled in 1922 to Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) and entered the Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating in 1927, he stayed in this City. Kaplan worked as a freelance artist, designer, interior designer and illustrator. In 1937, Kaplan was commissioned by the Leningrad Ethnographic Museum to create a series of lithographs for the Jewish section. Here, in the experimental workshop of the Leningrad Artists' Association, Kaplan systematically learned the techniques of printmaking. He also developed his own series. The 2nd World War brought a hard break in Kaplan's artistic work. Only in 1944, after returning from the evacuation in the Urals, he was able to resume his work. He immediately began a lithography cycle on the sufferings of his city. In 1946 the series "Leningrad in the days of the blockade" was published. Kaplan continued the series until the end of the fifties and involved the reconstruction. From 1953 Kaplan concentrated again on Jewish topics. From 1967 Kaplan created mainly ceramics and sculptures. In forms and colors he proved a fantastically playful handling of the material. The first major exhibition of works by Anatoly Kaplan took place in Leipzig after his death in 1989. It was a great success and has led to a lot of exhibitions of his work in various German Cities, as well as to the publication of numerous books with his pictures. Kaplan's works are now exhibited in museums of the Vatican, New York, Jerusalem, Amsterdam, London, Dresden Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, Russian Museum of St. Petersburg. In 1965, Anatoly Kaplan was awarded with a silver medal at the International Book Fair in Leipzig; In 1966 and the following year he was honored with the Honorary Prize at the "Biennale" in Venice.
price: 300 €