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by Jeffrey Coven
The Prints of Ernest Fiene:
A Catalogue Raisonné -- in progress
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Untitled* [Nude Reclining on Pillow]
Catalogue Entry # 22
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Date: c. 1926**

Medium: Lithograph

Edition: Currently Unknown (CU)**

Dimensions: 5 3/4 x 13 1/8 in.

Printer: George C. Miller, probably***

Typical pencil annotations on impressions from the edition: CU**

Public collections holding this print: CU

Topic galleries for this print:
1. Nudes

Notes

*Title: Fiene did not typically give titles to his nudes, as is also the case with his florals, still lifes, figure studies, and portraits, though there are exceptions, such as "Asleep", "Bather," and Repose.

**Date and Edition: This is the only observed impression, and it is undated and unnumbered. Stylistically it is similar to the nudes of 1926, Nude with Mirror and Nude Reclining, Right Leg Resting on Left Knee -- hence the designation c.1926 above. (See Nudes Gallery.) The edition, if any, remains unknown.

Inscription: This impression, apparently outside the edition, is inscribed (l.r.) in pencil as follows: "To E.C. Fitsch[,] Ernest Fiene" (Eugene Camille Fitsch, American artist-printmaker, 1892-1972. Fitsch was instructor in printmaking at the Art Students League in New York City from 1923-33 (The Old Print Shop, Portfolio, Vol. LXV, Number 1, p. 4). Fiene first studied printmaking at the League in 1923).

***Printer: Even though no direct evidence is currently available to substantiate that George C. Miller was the printer of this lithograph, it can be inferred. Miller is the only printer known to print Fiene lithographs in New York (or for that matter in the United States), and at least from as early as 1926. Two impressions of lithorgraphs from 1926 dedicated to Miller have been observed. (See Barns and Winter.) Throughout Fiene's career of making lithographs in New York, he typically dedicated an impression from outside each edition to this printer.

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