Gross, Chaim : 1904- 1991 b. Austria-Hungary (Galicia)/d. America

The Artist:

American artist: sculptor, draughtsman, painter and printmaker. During WWI he and a brother excaped a Russian invasion and wandered through central Europe, where Gross developed his artistic talents. He studied in Budapest and Vienna, and later after settling in New York USA in 1921, at the Educational Alliance Art School, the Arts Students League and the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York.

Chiam Gross produced a large number of works in assorted media both three dimensional work such as sculptures in stone and bornze, and two dimensional work such as pen and ink drawings, watercolor paintings, and limited edition prints. The first works he exhibited were sculptures carved from lignum vitae. In 1932 Mr. Gross exhibited first one-man show which was comprised of sculpture and watercolors. In 1977 The Jewish Museum in New York honored Gross with a Chaim Gross Retrospective Exhibit. There he exhibited bronze sculpture, wood carvings, paintings, drawings, and original limited edition prints. He won major sculpture prizes and commisions, and his work is represented in many museums including: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC; Jewish Museum in New York City; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Baltimore Museum of Fine Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Bezalel National Art Museum Israel; Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel.

Chaim Gross was first noted for suclptural achievements such as works in wood i.e., Two Sisters (1956; New York, Mr. and Ms. Lewis Garlick private collection. See: 1977 exhibition catalogue., p.4) It was later that he became a scholar and a master painter and printmaker. Much of his subject matter was derived from popular art forms, including the circus, Jewish traditions and holidays, which he recalled from his early years in the Austrian Countryside. In later works such as Happy Children No. 1 (1968:New York, Forum Gallery) he created sand-cast in bronze from maquettes modeled in plaster. Hs work adopted the look of light and airy forms. His themes were of love, marriage and motherhood. His style of lyrical rhythmic whimsy is carried into his 1980 work, watercolors and limited edition lithographs feataured on this page,The Song of Songs.

The Art:

An original water color suite, painted by Chiam Gross, entitled The Song of Songs, was commissioned by the Print Club of New York, for a limited edition lithograph folio. The water colors are comprised of nine images and are titled the same as the limited edition lithographs, The Song of Songs. The limited edition lithographs, published in 1980 by the Print Club, consist of four separate named editions distributed as: Sponsor's Edition numbered "I/XX" though "XX/XX"; Collector's or Members Edition numbered "1/200" through "200/200"; The Artist's Edition of fifteen sets numbered "I/XV" Artist's Proof through "XXV/XV" , and the Publisher's Edition of fiften sets marked "hors commerce". All editions are printed on Arches paper mould-made in France by Arjomari Prioux, except for the Sponsor's Editioin which is printed on Kozo Kyokushi paper handmade in Japan by Kazuo Ike. The images in the suites were inspired by the biblical text of King Solomon's famed love poems. The lyrical and rhythmic forms characteristic of Gross's style is beautifuly expressed in the art.

The Song of Songs Collector/Member edition lithographs is displayed below. Each sheet in the folio was pulled from hand-drawn plates and printed in Paris under Chaim Gross's supervision. Each of the nine works that comprise this folio has been signed by the artist, in pencil, and the plates have been canceled. Each work including margins measures 20 7/8" x 17" (52.58 cm x43.18 cm). Each image measures approximately 17 1/2 " x 14". The set is complete.

Provenance:

This art has been in the possession of the original purchaser, an American collector, since since it's purchase in 1981. The folio/suite, # 24/200, is registered by the Board of Advisors of The Judaic Heritage Society of New York to that collector. The Certificate of Authenticity now in the possession of the American collector, will accompany the suite when it is purchased. All art is in excellent condition except for 3 images which have water damage. Close-up photographic examination, is available on request to serious buyers. Original frames and glass, are available without charge.

Pricing:

Recognizing that some of the pieces in this suite have water damage, as noted below, we offer the sale of these pieces individually as single works, and also at a price savings when purchaced in sets of two. The cost of works purchased in pairs will save the buyer $100.00 per pair. Further, collectors who would like to have the entire suite of 9 images can purchase the suite for a cost of $1,818.00.

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Gross01

Chaim Gross: Song of Songs, The Song of songs, which is Solomon's (I:1). Members Edition. 24/200. The paper size is 20 7/8" x 17" (53.35 cm x 43.34cm), with full margins. The lithograph is one in the complete folio of nine images and the suite has had only one original owner, an American Collector, who purchased the folio in 1981 directly from The Judaic Heritage Society, New York. The work is signed and numbered in pencil, by the artist. The work represents the best of Chaim Gross's art and master printmaking. Detail is exquisite. Condition is of this lithograph is poor. There is water damage with ink bleeding on the top 1/3 of the paper, including image and margin. Paper restoration is recommended. Closer photograph examination of the full image and margins is available to a serious buyer. This work is available with its original frame and glass, without charge.Close-Up.

Individually: $100.

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Gross02

Chaim Gross: Song of Songs - I am the Rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the Valleys (11:1-2) , Color Lithograph. Member Edition. 24/200. The paper size is 20 7/8" x 17". with full margins. The lithograph is one in the complete folio of nine images and the suite has has had only one original owner, an American Collector, who purchased the folio in 1981 directly from The Judaic Heritage Society, New York. The work is signed and numbered in pencil, by the artist. The work represents the best of Chaim Gross's art and master printmaking. Detail is exquisite. Condition is of this lithograph is very good, except for a limited area of the paper which was exposed to water and needs repair and cleaning. The damage is restricted to the bottom 1/10th of the paper at the paper left side edge and margin; 1/2" high and 2"long. When framed, this area is not visable. Up close photographic examination of the full image and margins is available to a serious buyer. During the creation of the art two droplets of ink fell on the image under the artist's pencil numbers 24/200. The image surface is excellent. This work is available with its original frame and glass, at no extra charge.Close-Up. Top Close. Bottom Close.

Individually: $250.

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Gross03

Chaim Gross: Song of Songs - King Solomon made himself a chariot;..., the midst thereof being paved with love (III:9-19), Color Lithograph. Member Edition. 24/200. The paper size is 20 7/8" x 17". with full margins. The lithograph is one in the complete folio of nine images and the suite has has had only one original owner, an American Collector, who purchased the folio in 1981 directly from The Judaic Heritage Society, New York. The work is signed and numbered in pencil, by the artist. The work represents the best of Chaim Gross's art and master printmaking. Detail is exquisite. Condition is excellent except for 1/8" high x 1" long water damage at the bottom right edge of the paper. When framed, this area is not visible. Up close photographic examination of the full image and margins is available to a serious buyer. There is no damage leaking into the margin and there are no imperfections or damage to the image. The image surface is excellent. This work is available with its original frame and glass, at no extra charge. Close-Up. Closer

Individually: $250

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Gross04

Chaim Gross: Song of Songs - I come into my garden, my sister,my spouse (V:1), Member Edition. 24/200. Color Lithograph. The paper size is 20 7/8" x 17". with full margins. The lithograph is one in the complete folio of nine images and the suite has has had only one original owner, an American Collector, who purchased the folio in 1981 directly from The Judaic Heritage Society, New York. The work is signed and numbered in pencil, by the artist. The work represents the best of Chaim Gross's art and master printmaking. Detail is exquisite. Condition of this lithogaph is excellent. This work is available with its original frame and glass, without charge. Close-Up. Closer

Individually $350.

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Gross05

Chaim Gross: Song of Songs - Return, return O Shulamite;...that we may look upon thee (VI:13), Member Edition. 24/200. Color Lithograph. The paper size is 20 7/8" x 17". with full margins. The lithograph is one in the complete folio of nine images and the suite has has had only one original owner, an American Collector, who purchased the folio in 1981 directly from The Judaic Heritage Society, New York. The work is signed and numbered in pencil, by the artist. The work represents the best of Chaim Gross's art and master printmaking. Detail is exquisite. Condition is poor. The work was exposed to water and needs cleaning. Damage is at the bottom 1/5th of the page at the margin and 1" to 1/2" into the image. The depth of the damage within the image area varies from 2"-down to 1". The depth of bleeding ink at the margin of the art is 4" carried from the left edge of the paper across to the other side. Closer photographic examination of the ink bleed is available to a serious buyer. Framing mat board will cover some of the water/ink bleed. However, paper restoration is recommended. This work is available with its original frame and glass, without charge .Close-Up. Closer

Individually: $100.

   
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Gross06

Chaim Gross: Song of Songs - Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it (VIII:7), Member Edition. Color Lithograph. 24/200. The paper size is 20 7/8" x 17". with full margins. The lithograph is one in the complete folio of nine images and the suite has has had only one original owner, an American Collector, who purchased the folio in 1981 directly from The Judaic Heritage Society, New York. The work is signed and numbered in pencil, by the artist. The work represents the best of Chaim Gross's art and master printmaking. Detail is exquisite. Condition is excellent. This work is available with its original frame and glass, without charge. Note: A larger photograph of the art can be posted, on request. Close-Up. Closer

Individually: $350.

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Gross07

Chaim Gross: Song of Songs - Behold, thou art fair my love (IV:1), Color Lithograph. Member Edition. 24/200. The paper size is 20 7/8" x 17". with full margins. The lithograph is one in the complete folio of nine images and the suite has has had only one original owner, an American Collector, who purchased the folio in 1981 directly from The Judaic Heritage Society, New York. The work is signed and numbered in pencil, by the artist. The work represents the best of Chaim Gross's art and master printmaking. . During the creation of the artwork an ink puddle dropped on the edge of the paper. The puddle is in the upper left edge of the paper, less than 2" in length and less than 1/2" in depth, and does not impact on the condition of the arwork. Detail is exquisite. Condition is excellent. This work is available with its original frame, without charge. Note: A larger photograph of the art will be posted soon. Close-Up.

Individally: $350.

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Gross08

Chaim Gross: Song of Songs - Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth (I:2), Color Lithograph. Member Edition. 24/200. The paper size is 20 7/8" x 17". with full margins. The lithograph is one in the complete folio of nine images and the suite has has had only one original owner, an American Collector, who purchased the folio in 1981 directly from The Judaic Heritage Society, New York. The work is signed and numbered in pencil, by the artist. The work represents the best of Chaim Gross's art and master printmaking. During the creation of the artwork a droplet of ink fell in the lower right margin edge, which does not impact the condition of the art. Detail is exquisite. Condition is excellent. This work is available with its original frame and glass, without charge. Close-Up. Closer

Indivually: $350.

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Gross09

Chaim Gross:Song of Songs - There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number...Who is she that looketh forth as the morning...? (V:8-10), Color Lithograph. Member Edition. 24/200. The paper size is 20 7/8" x 17". with full margins. The lithograph is one in the complete folio of nine images and the suite has has had only one original owner, an American Collector, who purchased the folio in 1981 directly from The Judaic Heritage Society, New York. The work is signed and numbered in pencil, by the artist. The work represents the best of Chaim Gross's art and master printmaking. Detail is exquisite. Condition is excellent. This work is available with its original frame and glass. Close-Up.

Individually: $350






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