Luigi Kasimir (1881 - 1962)

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Luigi Kasimir (1881 - 1962)

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Luigi Kasimir (1881 - 1962)
"Bouquinistes", "Booksellers at Notre Dame"
Color Etching
22 x 25 inches (frame)
15 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches (plate mark)
Signed: "Luigi Kasimir" (low center)
1930

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Luigi Kasimir is an incredibly well known artists and has been prominent in the American art market for over 40 years. He was born in Pettau in Germany in 1881 and died 1962 in Vienna Austria. Luigi had art in his blood as his grandfather was a poet and artist, also his dad was an artist after his military career. Luigi went to the Vienna Academy of Art studying under William Unger who first introduced him to the etching process. He was a pioneer in the process of color etchings because they were all done by hand after the impression leaving a "sloppy" look, Luigi placed the color first on the plate, so when it was impressed it would already have the color. This eliminated the post impression hand coloring and offered a more natural clean look. Since then Luigi has become a world renowned artist and his pieces sit in countless museums and galleries around the world. Kasimir is famous for scenes from the Vienna Opera House, to New York's sky scrappers, and even the landscapes of Yosemite National Park.

This original Luigi Kasimir etching is entitled "Bouquinistes" depicting one of the most iconic cathedrals in the world, Norte Dame in Paris. This image focuses on the equally famous booksellers that have been selling their magazines, books, artwork etc... for over 100 years. Kasimir created a striking image with a single point of perspective in the low right causing your eyes to start at the left side of the composition, the booksellers, and naturally works your eyes across to the cathedral and down the street. A good use of color was also applied to the different magazines and pieces of art being offered for sale in the stands. The woman in the blue coat adds a nice bit contrast to work and splash of color which also helps your eyes to sweep from left to right. 

The condition of this etching is fine especially given its age printed in May of 1930. Their is some moderate discoloration seen in the margins but other than that this is a crisp impression with bright colors. Having its full margins and never being placed under a matting has helped preserve it largely. This work is resting in its original frame from a German gallery and never removed. The original gallery label is still attached to the reverse. This work is a wonderful example of the talent that Kasimir had and is not a later estate signed piece by his wife or son Robert. 

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