Luigi Kasimir (1881 - 1962)

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Luigi Kasimir (1881 - 1962)

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Luigi Kasimir (1881 - 1962)
"Wawona Mariposa Grove, March 1931"
Etching, Hand Colored
11 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches
Signed low right: “Luigi Kasimir”
Titled: low left
March 1931

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Luigi Kasimir is an incredibly well known artists and has been very prominent in the American art market for over 60 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 post 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. He is famous for piece from the Vienna Opera House, to New York's sky scrappers, and even the landscapes of Yosemite National Park.

"Wawona Mariposa Grove" is one of Luigi Kasimir's most beautiful compositions out of his entire body of work. The tall sequoias this etching depicts are located in Yosemite National Park in California and it is one of the most iconic landscape in American scenery. These towering trees stand an incredible 200 feet tall and some are over 2000 years old. In this colorful composition you can see a few men on horse back riding through a fallen, hollowed out tree and two more men camping out at the base of another tree in the right foreground. The etching is a beautiful print and is a very early impression as indicated by the signature in the lower right corner and not in the low center and the work is even hand titled lower left in pencil. The print shows toning and loss of color from sitting in a non archival frame and could use a good cleaning. This is a truly an etching from a master of the medium and one of an intense breath taking landscape.

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