New York, Telephone Building by Max Pollak

New York, Telephone Building by Max Pollak

New York, Telephone Building

Max Pollak

Title

New York, Telephone Building

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
1929  
Technique
color etching & aquatint 
Image Size
15 1/8 x 11" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
3/150; possibly only fifty impressions were printed 
Annotations
titled, lower left; bear the red stamp F.P.C. for Friedl Pollak Collection; stamped verso "Made in Austria"; copyright Corp. Rud. Lesch NY in lower right image; inscribed in pencil at lower sheet edge: "printed a 50" 
Reference
Dreiser, My City, illustration eight. 
Paper
ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
Rudolph Lesch 
Inventory ID
PAKU102 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description

Max Pollak was commissioned by author Theodore Dreiser to do a series of eight etchings of New York which were reproduced in Dreiser's book "My City", published in 1929. The eight published works were also done in editions of 150, this image was probably an edition of 50 or fewer. This is the final (8th) image used. The publisher was the Rudolph Lesch Corporation in New York.

The looming skyscraper is now the Verizon Building but it was previously known as the Barclay-Vesley Building and the New York Telephone Building. It is a thirty-two story building located on West Street in lower Manhattan. The building was designed by the architect Ralph Walker and was completed in 1927.

Pollak created this view seeming standing among the tilted headstones of a cemetery, an odd juxtaposition of old and new.