Old Arab Man


Emil Orlik (1870-1932), Old Arab Man, etching with platetone, c. 1912-16, signed in pencil and annotated (or dated) 16. In very good condition, printed on cream laid paper, 3 3/4 x 2 1/8, the sheet 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 inches.

A fine clear impression.

The invaluable Emil Orlik website (www.orlik.com) dates this print to about 1912; they note that “In 1912 he made his next important journey abroad, visiting North Africa, Ceylon, China, Korea and Japan, returning via Siberia.”

Orlik demonstrates his familiarity with the old masters, especially Rembrandt, in this tiny print – he had carefully studied and copied the old masters as a student, working at the Munich Pinakothech in the early 1890’s.