Joseph Hirsch (1910 - 1981)
Painter, illustrator, and printmaker Joseph Hirsch was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and first studied art at the Philadelphia Museum, followed by private studies with George Luks in New York City, where he was introduced to the Social Realist movement that strongly influenced his artistic development, and with Henry Hensche in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Hirsch traveled to Europe and lived in France for about five years. He was employed in the WPA Artists Project, where he completed murals and paintings. During the Second World War, Hirsch served as an artist / war correspondent. After discharge, he taught at The Art Institute of Chicago, The American Art School, the University of Utah, and the Art Students League of New York City. He received numerous awards during his career, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and from the American Academy in Rome. In his later years, Hirsch lived in New York City.
Lithograph, no date, edition of 150. Image size 12” x 14½”; sheet size 16” x 20”. Numbered 42/150 and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. Fine. Matted and framed using archival quality materials.
Lithograph, 1966, artist's proof outside of edition of 100. Image size 12” x 15-3/4”; sheet size 15-3/4” x 20”. Titled, identified as artist's proof, and signed by the artist in pencil lower margin. A fine impression. Faint residue of tape adhesive upper corners of reverse side.
Lithograph, 1951, edition of 250. Image size 8” x 10”; sheet size 12” x 15-5/8”. Published by Associated American Artists, New York. Very good impression / overall condition. Slightly toned, mounting tape remnants in upper corners, ink marks lower RH corner.
Lithograph, 1959; edition of 250. Image size 9” x 14-3/8”; sheet size 13-1/8” x 17”. Published by Associated American Artists, New York, and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. A rich, impression with very good tonal range, very clean overall with tape residue in upper corners of the sheet. Cole 34.
Lithograph, 1942; edition of 250. Image size 11-7/8” x 9”; sheet size 13¾” x 10-7/8”. Published by Associated American Artists, New York and printed by George Miller. Lunch Hour was awarded the 2nd Purchase Prize (formerly thye Pennell Prize) by the Library of Congress in 1944. A fine nuanced impression of this notable work with very faint toning in the sight area.