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Louis Lozowick
(American, b. Ukraine, 1892 -1973)
Devil's Bridge, 1932
Lithograph, edition of 15, 9 1/4" x 7"

Gift of Gerald P. and Aline D. Wolf (2006.103)

Although Louis Lozowick is usually associated with streamlined images of factories and skyscrapers, he also essayed other subjects, including still lifes, figure studies, and landscapes.  Devil’s Bridge is one of a group of lithographs depicting exotic scenes in the former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan.  Here, a turban-wearing man rides a donkey across a rickety bridge, high above a surging river.  Massive rocky cliffs underscore the flimsiness of the man-made structure while the composition’s strong vertical emphasis literally heightens the drama. 

A native of Ukraine, Louis Lozowick studied first in Kiev and later at the National Academy of Design in New York.  During the 1920s, he lived for a time in Paris, and toward the end of the decade, he began to make his first lithographs.  Awarded a number of prizes for his prints, Lozowick became primarily known as a graphic artist.  He participated in the WPA federal art project, and after World War II, he traveled and lectured widely.  Although bypassed by Abstract Expressionism during the 1950s and 1960s, Lozowick experienced a renewed interest in his work around the time of his death in 1973.