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Print By Leo Katz: Is This The Meaning Of Life? At Childs Gallery

Leo Katz

Austrian (1887-1982)

Is this the Meaning of Life?, 1937
Crayon lithograph

Number 11 in an edition of 60. Numbered in pencil lower left margin: “11/60”; titled in pencil lower center margin: “Is This The Meaning Of Life?”; signed and dated in pencil lower right margin: “Leo Katz 1937”. Dedicated “to Mr. Goodrich” in pencil under image. On tan wove paper with large margins, with “Rives” watermark and “GCM” countermark. in fine condition aside from remains of tape hinges verso upper right corner.

Artist Commentary: “This piece was inspired by World War I, since very few people at that time were conscious of the tremendous catastrophes to come and the magnitude of insecurities.

This was the result of many years of studies of animals, some prehistoric, some real and some monsters created by imagination. Each one is trying to destroy another one. The chaos of destruction is somewhat held together by the light streak that goes in a diagonal direction.

A new era has come only if enough people will stop calling such a chaos of destruction natural and when enough people will refuse to accept the primitive jungle codes of “eat or be eaten” as the will of God, or the passion for a savage fighting, as human nature.

There the question: ‘Is this the Meaning of Life?'”

– Leo Katz

Signature: lower right margin