New York, East Side II: Under the "El" a.k.a. New York: The East Side: Allen Street by Max Pollak

New York, East Side II: Under the El a.k.a.  New York: The East Side: Allen Street by Max Pollak

New York, East Side II: Under the "El" a.k.a. New York: The East Side: Allen Street

Max Pollak

Title

New York, East Side II: Under the "El" a.k.a. New York: The East Side: Allen Street

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
1928  
Technique
color etching & aquatint 
Image Size
14 x 8 1/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
4/150; according to the annotation on the old mat there were approximately 35 impressions printed 
Annotations
titled, lower left; bears the red stamp F.P.C. for Friedl Pollak Collection; stamped verso "Made in Austria"; old mat is inscribed: "printed appr. 35" 
Reference
Triton cat. 53;Dreiser, My City, illustration four 
Paper
ivory silk 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22477 
Price
$500.00 
Description

Max Pollak was commissioned by author Theodore Dreiser to do a series of eight color etchings of New York which were then reproduced in his book "My City", published in 1929 by Horace Liveright. This image, number 4 in the book, was published by Rudolf Lesch Fine Arts, New York. Pollak printed a number of the works while in his Austria, where he was brought up.

Though the edition for the New York images was anticipated as 150 Pollak did not finish the whole edition, the stock market crashed the next year, 1929, when Dreiser's book was published, and the economic practicality of printing a full edition disappeared.

In New York City, Allen Street runs through the neighborhood of Chinatown and the Lower East Side. In 1878, the city built an elevated railway over Allen Street and it was known as the Second Avenue Line or the "El."