Jack Levine, ‘The Art Lover’, 1967, Alpha 137 Gallery
Jack Levine, ‘The Art Lover’, 1967, Alpha 137 Gallery
Jack Levine, ‘The Art Lover’, 1967, Alpha 137 Gallery

"The Art Lover" is based on a famous painting by Jack Levine done in 1962, now at the Smithsonian. Here, the wealthy man is set against a back drop of Fleurs de Lis - the symbol of the French aristocracy. This is an extremely rare Artists Proof aside from the regular edition of only 100. Framed and ready to hang.
Framed: 31.75 x 25.75 x 1.5
Sheet: 24 x 18.25 (sight)

Signature: Signed in black conte crayon and annotated "Artists Proof" on the recto (front

Publisher: Atelier Mourlot; Printer: A. Lublin Inc.

About Jack Levine

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.

American, 1915-2010, Boston, Massachusetts, based in New York, New York