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EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941

EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941

EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941
THIS IS AN ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPH. Hirschfeld produced a limited numbered run of 1,000 large format books each containing 24 original lithographs attached along one edge to pages in the book.

The lithographs are not printed on the pages, they are attached to the page along one edge. I own book # 142, an earlier number with lithographs in extremely good condition. Please read this to fully understand.

Harlem as seen by Hirschfeld. Each Full Page is: 18" x 14". Actual Lithograph on the page is: 9" x 12". The Hyperion Press of New York, 1941. Cream laid handmade Canson & Montgolfier (Annonay, France) paper.

Limited edition of 1,000 copies. All illustrations are original lithographs by the artist. My book is # 142 of 1000. I have not taken the lithographs out of the book yet.

Many of the Hirschfeld's images in the Harlem suite have become iconic representations of the African-American experience in the 1930's and are often considered to be the artist's best work. Printed by the Triggs Color Printing Corporation. We will wrap the pages in 25lb Glassine, then place them between two 3/8 foam boards which will then go into a 20 x 16 x 1 Jumbo Easy Fold-Over Mailer envelope, constructed from strong 32 ECT, kraft corrugated. The weight will be roughly 12 ounces. Sister Ebony's face radiates the whole history of Blackness. Her visage reminds one of an African tribal mask wrapped in the sober habit of a Catholic nun. The juxtaposition of cultures, of millennia, is unsettling and profound. The power flowing through her can and has sustained the entire human race.

Hirschfeld chose this powerfully incongruous figure as the first image of his Harlem portfolio. Sister Ebony witnesses the promenade of Harlemites as they pass before her. She distributes compassion and understanding to the sometimes troubled souls who follow on succeeding pages. Might she also stand as a stern warning at the portal to Harlem about the choices to be made inside this fabled land of the high life? Here is a woman hardened, no doubt, by life's prejudices.

But she is also a women with the physical and spiritual strength to persevere and prevail, just as Harlem itself has persevered and prevailed. Harlem, as we are reminded on these glorious pages, is justifiably celebrated for its arts-but it is also deeply steeped in spirituality and known for its exuberant liturgy, great charity, and boundless faith.

This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "dgus3458" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.

  • Size: Large
  • Artist: Al Hirschfeld
  • Production Technique: Lithography
  • Style: Modernism
  • Item Height: 12 in
  • Item Width: 9 in
  • Material: Lithograph
  • Theme: Cultures & Ethnicities, History, People, Portrait, Social History
  • Time Period Produced: 1925-1949
  • Type: Color Lithograph
  • Features: Numbered
  • Image Orientation: Portrait
  • Subject: Harlem
  • Signed: Yes
  • Signed By: Hirschfeld
  • Original/Licensed Reprint: Limited Edition Print
  • Year of Production: 1941
  • Print Surface: Paper
  • Width (Inches): 14
  • Height (Inches): 18


EBONY SISTER Original Lithograph HARLEM AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD, 1941