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Untitled (Portrait of Mozart, to the Viewer’s Left)



Joseph Solman worked for a time in shipyards in New Jersey after the Pearl Harbor strike. In the evenings, as a relief from the dry precision of his work as a draftsman for Pratt and Whitney, he embarked on a long-dreamed-of project: “imaginative sketches of my idol in music, Mozart.” With the expert help of the artist Leonard Pytlak (whose works can be found at the Smithsonian, among other fine museums), Solman created silkscreens of his best twelve. These silkscreens were technically and artistically tours de force. Some of them were printed with as many as 16 different colors, they all avoided the dry, flat look that predominated silkscreen in the 1940s. Elegant and linear in diagram, the portraits range from the droll to the intimate and abstract. Rarely does a silkscreen present as painterly as does this magnificent portrait.

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Signing, Dating, and Titling


Modern Print-Makers, Washington Artists


Silkscreen (serigraph) in multiple colors on dark brown background, printed on fine artist’s paper.
Signed in the plate by the artist en recto lower right.
From the edition of 200.
Custom matted and framed in a fine Walnut frame behind 99.9% UV-filtering art glass using strictly conservation-grade materials.
Excellent condition
Framed Size:
13.5 in. (h) x 16.5 in. (w) x 1 in. (d)
Sheet Size:
7.25 in. (h) x 10 in. (w)
Image Size:
5.5 in. (h) x 8.5 in. (w)
Exhibition History:
Bonestell Gallery, 1945.  Copies held by the National Gallery of Art and other museums.
Chanin, Joseph Solman (New York: Crown Publishers) 1966, p. 10.

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