Guardsman by Alfred A. Sessler

Guardsman by Alfred A. Sessler

Guardsman

Alfred A. Sessler

Title

Guardsman

 
Artist
Year
1952  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
7 1/16 x 11 1/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
1 of 25  
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
16669 
Price
$400.00 
Description

Alfred Sessler was hired in 1946 to create a printmaking department at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and put together what became a major force in the teaching of printmaking in the 1950s through today. In his book "Progressive Printmakers" colleague Warrington Colescott notes in the section devoted to Sessler, on page 22 that:

"Alfred Sessler was a child of the crash of the post-World War I financial system, which led to the urban realities of unemployment and class struggle. The vigorous art that these conditions spawned was labeled 'social realism', which was a misnomer in Sessler's case, for he was anything but a realist. His stylized gnomic figures, with their exaggerated features, sometimes suggested the emotional kitsch of Disney but were expressed with the drawing finesse of a Hogarth."