Curt Frankenstein (1922 - 2009)
Curt Frankenstein (1922 – 2009)
Painter and a print maker Curt Frankenstein was born in Hannover, Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1947, and ultimately established his studio in Wilmette, Illinois. He studied at The American Academy of Art in Chicago; The Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied under Max Kahn; and the Otis Art institute in Los Angeles. In addition, Frankenstein studied etching with Heidi Bak at Studio 22 in Chicago.
Long intrigued by Surrealism, he produced a body of paintings and prints that explored the interplay of fantasy and reality, exploring familiar images in ways that revealed their contradictions and deeper meanings. Well established as a Midwestern regional artist, Frankenstein was the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including First prize for painting, Illinois State Fair, Springfield, 1967; Municipal Art league prize Art Institute Chicago, 1963; Purchase award Minnesota Museum Art, Minneapolis, 1980; and The Award of Excellence, Municipall Art League of Chicago, 1998. His work is held by numerous public and private institutions.
Sanctuary of Silence
Etching and aquatint, ca. 1980; edition of 100. Image size 22½" x 15¼;" sheet size 27¼" x 20¼". Printed by the artist; titled and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. Overall fine condition.
Bureaucratic Landscape (Another Planet’s Great Society)
Etching on heavy watercolor paper, ca. 1965; edition not stated. Image size 18-1/8” x 13-5/8”; sheet size 22-1/8” x 17-3/8”. Not signed or annotated. Fine condition. The original pen-and-ink drawing bears the above title, though this etching was referred to as Bureaucratic Landscape when we acquired it.
Wheel of Feet
Hand-colored etching on heavy watercolor paper, ND; edition not stated. Image size 18-1/8” x 13-5/8”; sheet size 22-1/8” x 17-3/8”. Signed in the plate. Fine.