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Art : Folk Art & Outsider Art : Mid-century

Louis Monza Original Pen and Ink Signed Monza 70 Outsider Artist 1970

Louis Monza (1897-1984)
Very similar to the grotesque and wonder images of people's of foreign lands, Nuremberg Chronicle's woodcuts remind you instantly of a Surrealist piece or an image in a Wunderkammer (Cabinet of Curiosities)
With that note, this is a piece of amazing outsider art, his inks are almost woodcut in execution but the wonder is present.
Titled "No Shame in Necessity"

Size: page is 7 3/4" x 11 1/2"
Condition: near perfect, professionally framed with original pencil title lower left.

"Self-taught painter, sculptor and print maker Louis Monza was born in Turate, Italy, in 1897. At the age of seven, he was apprenticed to a wood carver and folk artisan. In 1913 he immigrated to the United States. After arriving in New York City, he held a variety of odd jobs including dishwasher at a restaurant and water boy for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Athough he was a lifelong pacifist, Monza was inducted into the army in 1917 and served in World War I. Following the war he supported himself as a house painter until 1937, when he was injured in a fall. During his lengthy convalescence he began to create art, a path from which he did not deviate for the remainder of his life."

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