Irving Amen, born in New York City, is an important 20th century American printmaker and painter.
His talent resulted in early recognition, and he won a scholarship to the Pratt Institute at the age of fourteen. During World War II, Amen headed a mural project which produced work both in the United States and Belgium. His woodcuts were first exhibited at the New School for Social Research, and again at the Smithsonian Institution in 1949. Other exhibits were staged at the Library of Congress, the National Academy of Design, and at Artists' House in Jerusalem. After studies in Paris in 1950, Amen returned to the United States and had one-man shows in New York and Washington DC. Travels throughout Italy in the early 1950s led to a series of woodcuts, etchings, and oil paintings. One of these color woodcuts and its constituent blocks are on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution.
Amen received commissions for book illustration, stained glass design, sculpture, and individual works on paper. He taught at both Pratt Institute and University of Notre Dame.
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Etching, numbered 47 in an edition of 90. Plate size 7-3/8” x 8-5/16”; overall sheet size 13-1/8” x 14¼”. Signed in pencil lower right corner. A fine impression; sheet has minor creases at lower edge not affecting the image.
White Bird, color woodcut numbered 40 in an edition of 200. Plate size 12" x 17"; overall sheet size 19” x 23½”. Signed in pencil lower right corner. A fine impression; minor creases at lower left corner and bottom edge not affecting the image.