Jack Levine

"Gangster's Funeral" Black and White Abstract Figurative Etching on Paper 1965

$1,500

Material

Etching

About

Black and white abstract figurative etching by American Social Realist painter and printmaker, Jack Levine. This etching depicts men in a funeral service. Levine is known for his satires on modern life, political corruption, and biblical narratives. Framed and matted in a black textured frame.

Artist Biography

A painter and printmaker best known for political and social commentaries, Jack Levine drew inspiration from satirical German expressionist artists, such as George Grosz and Oskar Kokoscha, and took stylistic cues from the paintings of Titian, Diego Velázquez, and Francisco de Goya. Rejecting the formal qualities and ideologies of contemporary art movements, Levine caricatured 20th-century issues—inequality, big business, militarism, racism, political corruption, and human folly—to express disappointment in American culture. His painting Welcome Home (1946), which features an armchair general flanked by businessmen and socialites, was denounced by President Eisenhower and caught the attention of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1959. During a trip to Europe after World War II, Levine was exposed to the mannerist style of El Greco, and he started creating figures with exaggerated, distorted, taffy-like faces to suggest the effects of excessive power.

Dimensions With Frame

H 34.25 in. x W 39.25 in. x D 1 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 20.5 in. x W 26 in.
"Gangster's Funeral" Black and White Abstract Figurative Etching on Paper 1965
"Gangster's Funeral" Black and White Abstract Figurative Etching on Paper 1965