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The Three Kings by Norman Gorbaty, Amer., (1932-2020)
Regular price $600
The Three Kings, Etching, ca. 1942, Ed. unknown but small, 8 x 9-7/8, full margins, but with tape stains left and right edge, glue stains to margins verso just visible recto but away from subject, a small infilled hole to margin upper right away from image with some skinning verso, signed and titled in pencil, on cream wove watermarked RIVES paper. An impression of this early print by Gorbaty is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. A distinguished artist who worked with Joseph Albers and Gabor Peterdi at Yale, Gorbaty enjoyed early success in the 1950's with his prints, then develped a successful career in graphic design with high profile advertising campaigns and chldren's book illustrations. From 2003 he has returned to painting and carving full time, and his work was the subject of a recent career retrospective at the Bellerine Museum, Fairfeld University in CT. Prints by Gorbaty are included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and Yale, and have been exhibited at MOMA, The Brooklyn Museum, Weslyan, Minneapolis School of Art, Cooper Union, and many others. Gorbaty contributed his essay "Printmaking with a Spoon" to Gabor Peterdi's book Printmaking Methods Old and New. Gorbaty never pulled formal editions of his prints, so they exist in only a few impressions. A 2019 fire at his home studio destroyed much of his work, therefore they are quite scarce. We are happy to have known Mr. Gorbaty and to now represent this vintage group of mid-century prints mostly unseen since the 1940's, and though showing some age, outstanding in their exuberant invention and technical mastery.