The Last Trumpet - BORIS ARTZYBASHEFF
Medium: wood engraving
Russian/ American, (1899-1965)
Wood engraving, 1937, edition 200. 11 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on a cream wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good apart from old adhesive on the top corners, verso, where the sheet was attached to the accompanying portfolio. This potent image was published by the Woodcut Society of Kansas City with an introduction by Carl Carmer. Artzybasheff was a gifted set designer and illustrator and he created more than 200 covers for Time magazine before his death. This potent image was perhaps partially inspired by his early time in the front lineswhen the Russian Revolution broke out in 1917. He was drafted into the German sponsored Ukranian army and was forced to fight for a separatist Ukranian Republic. With his life at risk, he eventually escaped and made it to New York and commenced his career as an artist. This is a universal statement about war and destruction against the background of a large metropolis.
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