Firmin Rocker 'Cello Player' 1940
Artist pencil signed etching
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Fermin Rocker; 1907- 2004, painter and book illustrator. Born in Stepney London, he was the son of Rudolf Rocker, a German, who had moved to London 1895, and Milly Witkop, a Ukrainian Jew, who had moved to the city in 1894.
When World War I broke out, his parents were arrested because of their anarchist activities, in 1918, they were both released and extradited to the Netherlands, from where they moved to Berlin where Fermin studied lithography.
He and his father travelled to the U. S. in 1929 and he remained in New York where he worked as draftsman, a cartoon animator, a commercial artist, and as a book illustrator. In his later years he moved back to London.
A very fine etching which is bright and unfaded with fine detail, inking and plate tone in black ink. The image measures 12 cms. x 20 cms. (5 x 8 ins.) within a strong plate mark and impression on a wove paper sheet size of 19 cms. x 28 cms. (7¾ x 11 ins.)
Initialled and dated in the image and signed and titled in pencil beneath the image.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is very good with handling marks condusive with age.