Michl, Ferdinand. SOMMERSTAG (Summer's Day). Color woodcut, 1922.
12 x 15 1/2 inches (305 x 395 mm.), sheet 17 1/2 x 22 inches.
Signed "F. Michl" in pencil, l.r.
Annotated on reverse, in another hand, with the artists name, the title, and the medium, "Holzschnitt."
A fine impression with fresh, vibrant colors. Some short clean tears at the margins, some glue residue in the lower margin, all well away from the image.
In this elegant art deco composition three couples, with their two Borzois and their well-dressed Chimpanzee picnic in a lush meadow under the shade of two huge trees. At center, the monkey holds a mirror up for his lady to admire herself in the nude; her boyfriend stands looking from behind. At right, couple number two lie chatting on the grass. At left, the swain plucks leaves from the tree to add to the posy he has presented to his mistress.
Ferdinand Michl, Czech, born 1877. A portrait and
landscape painter, was also noted for his woodcuts.