Warrior Jagatai by Misch Kohn

Warrior Jagatai by Misch Kohn

Warrior Jagatai

Misch Kohn

Title

Warrior Jagatai

 
Artist

Misch Kohn

  1916 - 2003 (biography)
Year
1953  
Technique
woodengraving 
Image Size
22 7/8 x 11 11/16" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
20 impressions 
Annotations
titled, editioned and dated "1954" 
Reference
Hernandez 168 
Paper
cream laid China paper 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
15741 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description

"Warrior Jagatai" reflected Kohn's interest in the Japanese print's ability to evoke an emotional response, like the Ukiyo-e images of warriors and actors. Like them, this image has semi-abstracted elements with rigid, stylized gestures that convey a feeling.

Kohn was inspired by Hayter's use of engraving as a method of expression using automatic line and Surrealist concepts. After meeting Hayter at a workshop at the Art Institute of Chicago Kohn spent time at Atelier 17 in New York in the late 1940s and they became fast friends. Hayter helped introduce him to printers when the Kohns went to Europe in 1950.

This early Kohn woodengraving is an abstracted portrait of Jagatai, Genghis Khan's son. It is in numerous museum collections and has been illustrated in many publications. Done in 1953 it is also dated later, depending on when the artist pulled the impression.