New York, 1908by Abraham Walkowitz (1880–1965)
9⅞ x 8¾ inches
Signed and dated lower left: A. WALKOWITZ / 1908
Provenance Private collection, Maryland Private collection, New York, New York, from above
Note: A major proponent of Modernism, Walkowitz worked in New York City and became acquainted with renowned photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz. At the end of the first decade of the 20th century, Walkowitz exhibited at Stieglitz’s influential 291 Gallery.
A notable figure in American Modernism, Abraham Walkowitz brought aspects of French Post-Impressionism and Fauvism to his work. He immigrated to New York City from Russia as a child and showed an early interest in drawing. He later studied etching at the National Academy of Design before traveling to Europe where he attended the Académie Julian in Paris. While in France, Walkowitz met the American cubist painter Max Weber and moved in the circles of many prolific artists, including Auguste Rodin and Henri Matisse. In fact, it was in Rodin’s studio that Walkowitz first met the American dancer, Isadora Duncan,