Jan 27, 2022 - Sale 2593

Sale 2593 - Lot 239

Price Realized: $ 812
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800

LOUIS SCHANKER (1903-1981)

Composition with Figures.
Color woodcut on Japan paper. 202x355 mm; 8x14 inches, full margins. Edition of 55 plus 20 trial proofs. Signed and titled in pencil, lower margin. Published by the New York City WPA Art Project, with the ink stamp lower left. 1942.

A very good impression of this scarce color variation. Johnson 27.

Schanker was known for his abstract compositions with bold colors and lines and founded the American Abstract Artists, participating in its first annual exhibition in 1937. While participating with the WPA, Schanker worked as an artist and supervisor in the mural division and the graphics division, eventually becoming the director of the graphic arts division. Between 1937-42 he worked on many woodcuts, many of which were published by the Federal Art Project.