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Louis Monza 1954 Numbered Edition 3/10 Linocut Jungle Dancer with Vase Outsider Artist 1954

Louis Monza (1897 - 1984)

An amazing outsider artist with pieces in museums and galleries around the world.

Title: "Jungle Dancer with Vase"
Year: 1954
Edition: 3/10
Medium: Linocut (on the reverse is labeled as Linoprint)

From the Smithsonian Art Museum Website:
"Louis Monza was a pacifist who also embraced radical socialist doctrines. His concern for the human condition is evident in his allegorical paintings executed during World War II. Characteristically, the painting’s meaning is cryptic [ORCASTRA AT WAR, SAAM, 1986.65.131], since Monza preferred that viewers freely interpret his works. Monza was equally at ease when painting, drawing, sculpting, or making prints. His youthful apprenticeship to a master furniture carver and his exposure to northern Italy’s painting traditions influenced the decorative detail, dramatic color, and volumetric, exaggerated forms of his later efforts. After emigrating to the United States in 1913, Monza began experimenting with different media. He did not devote himself to making art, however, until an accident in 1938 ended his occupation as a house painter. Three years later, his career as a regularly exhibited artist began in New York." 
"Louis Monza apprenticed to a wood-carver in Italy when he was seven and traveled around the country, creating furniture for churches and homes. In 1913 he visited Geneva, where he heard rumors about the coming world war. He was a fervent pacifist and immigrated to America to escape service, but the United States Army drafted him and stationed him in Panama for two years. After the war, he settled in New York and worked as a housepainter until an accident in 1938 forced him to retire. He started to paint full-time and created many images inspired by the World Wars that emphasized his pacifist beliefs."

"In 1946 Monza moved to California where he created prints and sculpture as well as drawings and paintings, all of which carried on a monologue of social and political commentary on topics ranging from technology and the arerospace industry to the effects of environmental pollution. The subject of a number of New York and California exhibitions both before and after his death, Monza also participated in many group exhibitions."

The item is framed behind glass any imperfections are from the photographing the piece with the glass.
For cheaper and safer shipping I will ship without the glass to help ensure safe delivery.

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