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A work made of lithograph in black on blue-gray laid paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph in black on blue-gray laid paper.




Max Kahn
American, born Russia, 1902-2005

About this artwork

Kahn collaborated closely with the Taller de Gráfica Popular in 1942, and like his future wife Eleanor Coen and many other Chicago artists, he explored the daily life and culture of Mexico in his art during his time abroad. This portrait of a woman, with her haunting, protective gesture, is an example of Kahn’s affinity for the painterly possibilities of lithography and suggests the influence of his teacher, the Chicago-based artist Francis Chapin. Kahn’s approach in the print also bears similarities to a series of ink portraits of Taller members that he executed while in Mexico.

Max Kahn colaboró de manera íntima con el Taller de Gráfica Popular en 1942 y, al igual que su futura esposa Eleanor Coen y que muchos otros artistas de Chicago, durante su estancia en México se dio a explorar artísticamente la cultura y vida cotidianas del país. Este retrato de mujer, con su ominoso gesto protector, es un ejemplo de la afinidad que Kahn sentía hacia el potencial pictórico de la litografía y nos permite ver la influencia de su maestro, el artista radicado en Chicago Francis Chapin. El enfoque del grabado también muestra algunas similitudes con una serie de retratos a tinta de miembros del Taller que Kahn realizó durante su estadía en México.


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Max Kahn




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Lithograph in black on blue-gray laid paper


Image: 43 × 29.2 cm (16 15/16 × 11 1/2 in.); Sheet: 62 × 48 cm (24 7/16 × 18 15/16 in.)

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Print and Drawing Club Fund

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