This pencil drawing by Jack Levine measures 5 1/2 x 5 inches. It is pencil signed on the lower right. Levine was best known for his satires on modern life and political corruption. Born in South Boston into a large family, his drawing abilities were apparent at an young age. At 14 he entered a painting program at Harvard and a few years later was employed in the Works Progress Administration. His lower class childhood was often a subject of his paintings and he became known for "telling it like it is".
Portfolio written by James Michener, prints and sketches by Jack Levine. First limited edition, numbered 804/2500, Maecenas Press, Random House, New York, 1970, signed in pen and ink on colophon sheet by Jack Levine and James Michener. Part I of this folio contains text by James Michener, four original lithographs by Levine, and one original "hors-texte" woodblock. Part II contains Levine's sketchbook with 54 pochoir and phototype process reproductions of his watercolors, gouaches and drawings, finished by hand. All contained in a silk clamshell box with goatskin closure.
Etching, image size 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches, numbered 87/100 lower left, pencil signed lower right. Known as a social realist painter and printmaker, Levine's work is found today in collections across the country and even in the Vatican Museums.
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