Emil Orlik: Portrait of Gerhard Hauptmann
Plate/Image Size: 29.5 x 19.5 cm - (11½ x 7¾ inches)
Sheet Size: 49.5 x 35 cm - (19½ x 13¾ inches)
signed in pencil and dated, inscirbed 'Probedruck' (trial print)
Orlik's great friend Gerhardt Hauptmann (1862 - 1946) who gave up his early career as a sculptor to become one of Germany's leading dramatists, known for his plays of social protest, dealing realistically with the conditions of the working class. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1912. Orlik painted and etched many portraits of Hauptmann and scenes from his plays.