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The Three Kings by Norman Gorbaty, Amer., (1932-2020)
Regular price $600
The Three Kings, Etching, circa. 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 developed a successful graphic design career with high profile advertising campaigns and children's book illustrations. From 2003 he returned to painting and carving full time, and his work was the subject of a recent career retrospective at the Bellerine Museum, Fairfield 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, Wesleyan, Minneapolis School of Art, Cooper Union, and many others. Gorbaty's essay "Printmaking with a Spoon" was included by Gabor Peterdi in his book Printmaking Methods Old and New. Norman Gorbaty never published formal editions of his prints, so they exist in only a few impressions. A devastating 2019 fire at his home studio destroyed much of his artwork, hence his prints are rare. Peterdi thought so highly of Gorbaty's prints he invited him to assist him at Yale's intensive summer program in Norfolk, CT. We are happy to have known Mr. Gorbaty and present this uncommon group of mid-century prints, mostly unseen since the 1940's. Though showing significant wear, they remain outstanding in their exuberant invention and technical mastery.