With unique coloring techniques, fine lines, and impeccable attention to detail, Luigi Kasimir (1881-1962) created masterful works of art that changed the standard expectation of the etching into a true original work of art. "Hamburg, Zoli Canal #229" is a color etching on heavy artist's paper by Luigi Kasimir (1881-1962), from the Germany Series! Nachlass (meaning "from the estate of...") Signed by son Robert Kasimir (1914-2002)! Includes Certificate of Authenticity! Measures approx. 19" x 26.5" (with border), 12.5" x 19.5" (image). List Price: $680.00
Luigi Kasimir was born in 1881 in the (now Slovenian) town of Pettau. He attended the Vienna Academy of Art which was dually important in his life because of his instruction under William Unger, who first introduced Kasimir to the color etching technique, and had a hand in introducing him to his future wife, artist Tanna Hoernes. Luigi Kasimir comes from a long line of artists, and together, Tanna and Luigi passed along their talents to son Robert. Luigi's grandfather was a painter and poet, and his father became a professional painter later in life, after serving as an officer in the Hapsburg army.
Although etchings had been popular for hundreds of years by the time Kasimir began developing his style, he still brought something new to the table - color etching. Prior to Kasimir, etchings were normally done in black and white, and any coloring was done by hand, usually in a rather casual, haphazard manner. Kasimir developed a much more meticulous printing method which required him to create multiple imprints of the same image layered atop one another, and careful hand application of paints to as many as four to six separate plates to create one truly original work of art.
Luigi Kasimir became world renowned during his lifetime, first throughout Europe, where Sigmund Freud and many others collected his work, and later in the United States, where he created iconic images of New York skyscrapers, famous bridges and natural wonders like Yosemite Valley. Kasimir died in 1962 in Grinzing, Vienna, leaving his equally accomplished wife Tanna and son Robert to carry on the artistic legacy of the Kasimir name. The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art is just one of many esteemed museums, galleries and countless private collections around the world that house the brilliant works of Luigi Kasimir.