Otto Lais rare bohemian etching; 1927
Artist pencil signed
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Otto Lais; 1897-1988, German artist and etcher, served in the German army 1917-1918 as a machine gunner in the Somme, after the war, studied at Baden Art School and became a teacher and well-noted bohemian artist in Karlsruhe. Lais was recalled to active service in WW II where he commanded an infantry regiment on the Western Front. Lais was captured in Holland by Canadian forces just before the War's end. After the Second World War, Lais became a headmaster at a secondary school and devoted his time to watercolor paintings. Today, Lais’ artwork can be found in fine private collections and museums.
An original etching which has retained its colour, bright and unfaded in black ink, with excellent plate toning, the image printed within a strong platemark and impression.
Printed on a wove paper sheet measuring approximately 24 cm. x 30 cms (9½ x 12 ins.)
Signed by the artist in the lower sheet margin and signed and dated by the artist in pencil in the lower mount.
Unframed and mounted within its original mount attached by its edges, blank on the reverse, the condition of the image and sheet is good with handling marks condusive with age.