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|The Prints of Ernest Fiene:
A Catalogue Raisonné -- in progress
|Musician [Portrait of a Man]
Catalogue Entry # #15
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Dimensions: 4 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.
Typical pencil annotations on impressions from the edition: Signed and dated, l.r.; titled and numbered, l.l.****
Title: One of two observed impressions of this etching bears the title "Musician," in pencil, l.l. (Until a titled impression of this etching was observed in 2009, this catalog listed the print as "Untitled, Portrait of a Man.")
*Date: Only one observed impression of this etching is dated, and the date appears in Fiene's typical fashion, in pencil just to the right of his signature, l.r.: "24--". A catalogue of Fiene's exhibition at the New Gallery, New York City, in 1924, includes a portfolio of eleven unspecified etchings but no prints in any other medium. Presumably this is one of them. In 1923 Fiene studied etching at the Art Students League in New York City under Joseph Pennell and Eugene Fitsch. It is likely that the eleven etchings in the New Gallery show (including catalog #s 13-16) are related to that study.
**Medium: Only ten Fiene prints in a medium other than lithography, all of which are intaglios -- etchings, aquatints and drypoints -- currently have full entries in the catalogue (Click here to view them.). Although others exist, information about them is currently incomplete.
***Printer: Fiene printed some of his early etchings himself, indicating this by writing "Imp" (Impressit, Latin for he/she printed it) after his signature. This may be the case here.
****Annotations: The only observed, annotated impression follows Fiene's typical annotation pattern.
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