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Emil Orlik: Pascin zeichend - Pascin Drawing

Pascin zeichend  -  Pascin Drawing
etching, 1911
Plate/Image Size: 10 x 12.2 cm - (4 x 4¾ inches)
Sheet Size: 17.9 x 20.7 cm - (7 x 8¼ inches)
signed in pencil, numbered I/XXV and inscribed 'Pascin' in the plate

a superb impression printed with plate tone
on wove paper with deckled left and lower edges
apart from a minor defect in the wide left margin, in excellent condition
VERY SCARCE - from a small edition of only 25 impressions

one of Orlik's most accomplished character studies; Pascin always carried pencil and paper and drew sketches wherever he was, as did Orlik; the details of Pascin's hands show Orlik's prodigious etching technique

Jules Pascin (Julius Pincas) was born in Bulgaria in 1885 and died in Paris in 1930. After studying and working in Bucharest, Vienna, Munich and Berlin (where he contributed drawings to the influential satirical magazine Simplicissimus), he went to Paris in 1905 and soon became part of the group of artists in Montparnasse. Matisse, Picasso and many others became his friends and he had considerable success as a painter. He also exhibited at the Berlin secession in 1910, when he met Emil Orlik who made this etching and sketches of him. From 1914 to 1920 Pascin was in the United States (becoming a U S citizen) and after a stay in New York he traveled in the southern states and Cuba. On his return to Paris he continued his flamboyant lifestyle and successful career but despite his popularity his unstable personality led to his suicide at the age of only 45