Polychrome Screen print "Romanesque" by Josef Zenk

Polychrome Screen print "Romanesque" by Josef Zenk Signed, titled and numbered to lower edge ‘Romanesque 1/24 Zenk’. This work is number 1 from the edition of 24. Zenk studied for three years at the National Academy of Design, followed by further studies at the Art Students League in New York. In 1927 and 1928, organized exhibitions with many of the leading American painters, including Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, and Ernest Fiene. In 1930 he was granted a full scholarship to study at the Munson Williams Proctor Institute in Utica, While there, an exhibition of his work produced the greatest attendance of any show at the institution of that year. In 1942, “Zuni” by Zenk became the first work purchased by the Munson Williams Proctor Institute for its Central New York Artists Collection. Along with Louis Schanker, a prominent woodcut artist and teacher at the New School, Zenk and a small group of printmakers formed “Studio 74” for the purpose of exhibiting their color woodblock prints. The group received immediate critical attention. The New York Times described the work of Josef Zenk as “particularly admirable”. One of his prints, “The Kiss”, was chosen in 1949 as one of the “best prints of the year” and was exhibited in the National Exhibition of Prints held at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Josef Zenk’s works have been shown in over twenty-seven museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, the Seattle Museum of Art, and the National Academy of Design. Through the many exhibitions during his career, Zenk progressed from stylized realism in landscape and figurative painting to a powerful modernist and abstract style

25 in.
18.75 in.

Circa 1940