R.B. Kitaj (American, also considered British, 1932 - 2007)
Men of Europe. 1915.
Color screenprint and photo-screenprint
Edition of 70
Signed and numbered in pencil
Sheet: 29 5/8 x 22 3/4 inches (75.25 x 55.24 cm)
Screenprint and photo-screenprint printed in colors, a fine, fresh impression of the only known state, the full sheet, printed on deep violet Canson Montgolfier paper, to the edges, hand-signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, executed in an edition of 70 (there were also proofs), printed by Kelpra Studio, London, published by Marlborough Graphics, London, in fine condition, unframed.
Kinsman, Jane. The Prints of R.B. Kitaj. 1994, London, Scolar Press, no.62, illustrated (presumably another example).
Ramkalawon, Jennifer. Kitaj Prints: A Comprehensive Catalog of Prints. 2015, The Overlook Press, no.170, illustrated (presumably another example).
An example from this edition is in the following permanent collections:
Tate Gallery, London
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
The written word and the beautiful volumes in which it was delivered were a constant source of revelation for R. B. Kitaj. As his first New York show opened in 1965, the artist was interviewed by the local New York Times on the presence of books in his work: I’m not afraid of the word ‘literary’. I feel in good company. You might say that books have meant to me what trees mean to a landscapist…
Painter and printmaker of equal import, the American born Kitaj emerged as one of the most influential artists of his generation. Emigrating to England in the late 1950s, as an ex-serviceman he studied at Oxford University’s Ruskin School with support from the G. I. Bill before applying to the Royal College of Art alongside contemporaries David Hockney and Allen Jones.