New York: Brooklyn Bridge by Max Pollak

New York: Brooklyn Bridge by Max Pollak

New York: Brooklyn Bridge

Max Pollak

Title

New York: Brooklyn Bridge

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1928  
Technique
color etching & aquatint 
Image Size
11 1/8 x 18 13/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
68 of 150  
Annotations
Pencil titled lower left, stamped verso "Made in Austria"; copyright Corp. Rud. Lesch N.Y. 
Reference
 
Paper
ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
Rudolph Lesch 
Inventory ID
DASL101 
Price
$2,500.00 
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 of the Brooklyn Bridge was not used for the book but 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.

Pollak depicts the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn wharves, looking across the East River toward Manhattan.