SIGNED. Untitled linocut print on lightly textured paper measuring 29 cm x 33.5 cm. Fine. Item #50779
Signed and inscribed by Patri below image: "To friend Ernie King. Patri." A warmly-dressed rifleman approaches the edge of a snow-covered cliff in an arctic landscape.
Wordless novelist Giacomo Patri is best known for his 1940s book White Collar, a rallying cry to unify the Depression-era working classes. "White Collar was to be my contribution to, what I believed then, an indispensable understanding of the necessity of unity among all American workers and voters. I was not a writer, so illustrations in sequence were I thought the answer.
"I had a printing press and lots of linoleum to use for linoleum cuts, so I set to work the idea of doing the entire job myself. I was young, naive and in a hurry, but I soon discovered that a book, a story, an ideal, each is a slow process, even with some help from the family. It took several years to engrave, print, bind and distribute a book that was seen by a very few people who did not need convincing." - Giacomo Patri.