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"Pushmobile" by Marian Lerer, Amer., (1928-2017)
Regular price $275
Lithograph, ca. 1940's, Ed. unknown, 8-1/8 x 7-1/4, signed with the initial L in the stone, and signed M Ebert and titled in pencil, two square stains to top corners showng recto from old tape verso, well away from image, on cream wove watermarked PUR FIL paper. This was the only penci signed impression of a group of five lthographs by this artist I purchased a few years ago. That the penciled last name did not match the artist's cursive capital "L" signed in the stone, (it is a stone, from the embossed irregular edges showing in the margins), only added to the mystery. Cartoonish and illustrative in style, the sophisticated use of tusche wash for the texture of both street and "Pushmobile" as well the saturated black of the boys boots, all pointed to an accomplished printmaker with both distnctive style and something witty and worthwhile to say. Who was this? None of my venerable print dealer peers could shed any light! The work of Adolph Dehn, Anton Refrigier, Karl Fortess's love of numbers and signs come to mind, also an affinity with Ronald Searle style and satire is notable. Fortunately now, two years on, another pencil signed print with the same distinctive style and "L" in the stone surfaced. The correct name is the desired maiden one: Marian Lerer. See her other prints newly listed for a hint at biography. A nostalgic "kids at play" scene from the days before Segway, when boys still made their own racers from whatever was lying around.