This is a limited edition hand signed lithograph portraiture by Rainer Gross titled “LOUISVILLE SLUGGER“(1979).
Medium: Lithograph on thick arches paper [Hand Signed and Numbered by the artist].
Edition size: 200. Paper measures 25H x 34.5W inches.
Comes with a certificate of authenticity. Comes unframed. In mint condition!
Rainer Gross was born and educated in Cologne, Germany. He came to the United States in 1973. At that time he worked with Howard Kanovitz and later with Larry Rivers. His work is represented in numerous private collections. Mr. Gross’ excellent draftsmanship and subtle color sense are evident in his acrylics on paper. His paintings and drawings interpret Americana charged witn allegorical and classical allusions. A still life of lilies and carnations is paired with a background of Roman mosaic depicting dancing figures.
Mr. Gross’ imagery and style maintains a foothold in pre-Renaissance painting traditions and grasps the candor and gloved social commentary of Pop art and Photo-Realism He describes his direction best as “…. personal improvisations with themes in art history. I consider myself a student of paintings. I see no conceit in quoting from the past.”
The copying of re-rendering of old masters has a long and venerable history. The Romans copied the Greeks, the Renaissance masters copied the Romans and the academicians of the 19th century copies the Renaissance masters. More recently, such stellar figures as Van Gogh, Cezanne and Picasso were “borrowers” who in turn became “lenders” to countless modernists.
Rainer Gross is an artist who subscribes to the theory that there is much to be gained from the study of art history and the adaptation of the styles of other eras. He calls his approach “personal improvisations with themes in art history.” Although his attitude is far from universal, it was once the mainstay of art education and the foundation on which many an original talent built a personal esthetic.
Gross is interested in the styles of art at various periods in history. He likes to take off from the art of the past, to use it as a point of departure.
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