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Ben Shahn (1898-1969).
"Levana." Lithograph, 1966. Signed and dated in red brush lower right, numbered lower left. Inscribed "122/125". Red-orange chop upper left. Edition 150. Image size 22 x 14 3/16" (55.8 x 36 cm).
Printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, California.
Levana was the ancient Roman goddess of childbirth, believed to have safeguarded newborns as they entered the world.
"The Complete Graphic Works of Ben Shahn." Kenneth W. Prescott #71.
Ben Shahn - printmaker, painter, muralist - was born in Kovno, Lithuania in 1898. He arrived in the United States in 1908 with his family and settled in Brooklyn. He was apprenticed to a lithographer after finishing elementary school at the age of fourteen. As an apprentice, he spent long hours of work grinding stones and lettering stones. He once stated that he made "thousands and thousands of letters." It is fortunate that he liked the history of alphabets because he would use them throughout his artistic career. Shahn believed in hard work and craftsmanship - qualities that would stay with him throughout his career.
Shahn's first published lithographs were in 1931 and were issued in portfolios. His first individual print was produced in 1936. He is well known for his social imagery of the Civil Rights Movement and posters showing the horrors of WWII. He produced over 249 prints during his life.
Very good condition, no tears or scrapes.