Emery Kelen (Amorous Sailor) New York 1950. $225.00
Modern and graphic, this wonderful untitled pochoir print was created by Emery Kelen (1896-1978) a Hungarian illustrator and caricaturist. In Europe in the 20s and 30s Kelen worked for European newspapers as an illustrator. He met Alois Derso (a fellow Hungarian and Jew) in a press bar where they quickly became friends and collaborators for the next 30 years. In Europe, Kelen and Derso were active members of the international press corps, illustrating “inter-war” Europe with their caricatures of famous diplomats and statesmen of the day and satirical cartoons of their activities. Both men were the dedicated pictorial reporters of the meetings of the League of Nations. They left a threatening Europe in 1938 and emigrated to America both working as cartoonists/illustrators for Esquire Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Post and The Washington Post. This terrify lighthearted original cartoon by Kelen depicts a sailor offering a big kiss to his girl.
Pochoir print signed lower left. 12 ¼ x 9 ¾ inches sheet Old fold left side of image, otherwise very good condition.