Ernst Shrom (1902-1969) a listed Austrian painter and graphic artist whose works are in the Museum of the City of Vienna, the Leopold Museum in Vienna, the Lower Austrian Provincial Museum and in private collections. He is one of the most interesting expressive watercolor painters of Austria in the mid-20th century. In addition to his watercolors he created woodcuts, tempera works and oil paintings. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1920-1925. Two years later he was exhibiting in Chicago. In the late 1920's to the early 1930's he created more than 500 works of art and held a large exhibition in 1939. From 1941 Schrom worked as a war artist in Luxembourg where these woodcut creations were made. He is well known not only for his watercolors but for his religious and folk themed woodcuts as well. In 1954 Shrom was awarded the Golden Medal of Honour from the Vienna Künstlerhaus, (Artist's Guild).
About this woodcut print: Shrom appears to be ahead of his time where he created these children dancing during the war years, foreseeing the end of this horrible war. Its something that resonates with a 'Sound of Music' vision, these children dancing under their mothers watchful eye....(decades before the movie). There are men working in the background. A field hand is walking towards the gardens. A man is working on the upper floor of the house also listening to and watching the children. Everything seems so real and well-defined, just like a wood-cut.
Original frame, vintaged but in good condition. The print is still in good condition, signed 'Ernst Shrom' in pencil at the right bottom.
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Frame: 13" x 15" Image: 8" x 10 1/2"