Theodor Allesch-Alescha (1898 - 1991)
Painter and printmaker Theodor Allesch-Alescha was born in Vienna. He initially studied portraiture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and switched to landscape painting. In the 1920s and 1930s, Alescha travelled through Europe and in 1934 settled in Zermatt, Switzerland, a place more congenial to his avowed pacifist views, which were heavily influenced by the French author and playwright Romain Rolland. In 1941, he emigrated to the United States, and exhibited his paintings in Chicago and New York. He returned to Vienna in 1947 and established a studio there. He traveled and hiked extensively throughout the alpine regions of Europe, which provided inspiration for his landscapes. He died in Lilienfeld, Austria.
Woodcut, ca. 1930; edition not stated. Signed in the block. Image size 9" x 11¼"; sheet size 12" x 15". There is a 1½" x 1" loss in the lower left-hand corner of the sheet, well away from the image area. A striking print that embodies its era both politically and stylistically. It appeared at auction only once before (2013), and did not sell. We bought it at its second appearance in 2015. It has been cleaned and stabilized; some areas of moderate darkening remain. Overall good condition in archival mount and mat. Rare.