Lot 179: Schanker (Louis, 1903-1981)



2015-07-08 11:51:36

Lot 179: Schanker (Louis, 1903-1981). Ice Hockey, colour woodblock print on paper, signed in pencil to lower margin, corner stapled to mount, 31 x 40.5cm (12 x 16ins), image size, with good margins. Louis Schanker was born into an orthodox Jewish environment in the Bronx, New York to parents of Romanian descent. From an early age he took an interest in both art and music, taking art courses at Cooper Union, the Educational Alliance and the Art Students League with Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and Milton Avery amongst others. During this time he shared a studio with the Soyer brothers, Chaim Gross and Adolph Gottlieb. In 1920 he traveled across the USA, joining the Sparks and then Barnum and Bailey circuses, later working as a thresher in the wheat fields of the Great Plains. He participated in the government sponsored Federal Art Scheme and went on to become a key figure in the New York gallery scene. (1) Dominic Winter's Fine Art & Antiques Auction July 2015 Thursday, 16th July 2015 Estimate: £200-300
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