Fritz Eichenberg


This 1955 artist proof by the German-American master printmaker, Fritz Eichenberg measures 12 1/4 x 6 inches and is pencil signed and titled on the lower margin, framed, in an edition of 200. Eichenberg, known for his illustrations of extreme spiritual and emotional conflict of the human condition and also used his talent to comment on the political atmosphere of the day, was born in Germany, witness to the destruction caused by WW1, and greatly influenced by the rise of the Nazi Party, moved him and his family out of Germany and into the US where he became widely known for his artistic abilities especially his wood engravings which he created for many of the literary classics including Shakespere, the Brontë sisters, Jonathan Swift and Edgar Allen Poe. He also worked during the Great Depression for the WPA, making enough money to have his mother, his two sisters, and their families make their way to the US from Germany just before Kristallnacht.


Wood engraving, image size 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches, 1949, pencil signed. Published by The Woodcut Society, New York.