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Max Pollak. Austrian/Czech. 1886-c. 1970).

In Flüchtlingslager Nikolsburg-Auskämmen. (In the Nikolsburg,[Mikulov, Moravia] Refugee Camp.) 1914. Drypoints. Edition 75, #30. Rich impressions printed on Japan paper. Each drypoint signed, titled and annotated in pencil. Each print individually housed in its original 2-ply mat (12 1/4 x 11 3/4) and hinged at top of print to backing ; minor surface grime commensurate with age. Each stamped on verso of mat backing with triangular inked export stamp. $4,000 the set of 10.

This rare series of ten etchings by Max Pollak records displaced Galician families. He made the prints while he was on duty with the Austrian army in 1914. He printed them when he returned to Vienna.

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Schlafraum (Dormitory). 1914. Drypoint. 7 1/4 x 6 5/16 (sheet 10 5/8 x 8 1/4). Edition 75, #30. A rich impression printed on simili japon paper. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil.

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Flüchtling (Refugee). 1914. Drypoint. 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 (sheet 5 3/4 x 5 9/16). Edition 75, #30. A rich impression printed on simili japon paper. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil.

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Frau mit Kindern (Woman with Children). 1914. Drypoint. 3 5/8 x 5 7/16 (sheet 6 1/2 x 8 7/16). Edition 75, #30. A rich impression printed on simili japon paper. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil. $2,000 the set of 10.

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Morgengebet (Morning Prayer). 1914. Drypoint. 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 (sheet 6 9/16 x 6 1/4). Edition 75, #30. A rich impression printed on simili japon paper. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil.

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Gruppe von Flüchtlingslingen (A Group of Refugees). 1914. Drypoint. 4 1/2 x5 1/2 (sheet 6 3/8 x 8). Edition 75, #30. A rich impression printed on simili japon paper. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil.

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Altes Weib (Old Woman). 1914. Drypoint. 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 (sheet 6 9/16 x 6 3/8). Edition 75, #30. A rich impression printed on simili japon paper. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil.

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Auskommen (Getting By). 1914. Drypoint. 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 (sheet 6 9/16 x 6 3/8). Edition 75, #30. A rich impression printed on simili japon paper. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil.

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Kinder (Children). 1914. Drypoint. 6 1/4 x 7 3/8 (sheet 9 3/4 x 11). Edition 75, #30. A rich impression printed on simili japon paper. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil.

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Im Zimmern der Barache (In the Rooms of the Barracks). 1914. Drypoint. 5 x 7 3/16 (sheet 10 9 3/4). Edition 75, #30. A rich impression printed on simili japon paper. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil.

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Junge Mutter (Young Mother). 1914. Drypoint. 3 3/16 x 5 (sheet 7 3/8 x 9 1/4). Edition 75, #30. A rich impression printed on simili japon paper. Signed, titled and annotated in pencil.

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Born in Prague, Max Pollak studied painting and etching at the Vienna Academy under William Unger and Ferdinand Schmutzer. Max Pollak excelled in all printmaking techniques, particularly drypoint, soft-ground etching and aquatint. By the 1910s, he was already gaining a reputation by creating portraits of European luminaries, including Sigmund Freud. . In 1910 Pollak was awarded the Prix de Rome for his etchings; a first for an etcher. In 1912 he traveled to France and Holland to study and paint. During the World War I, Pollak was appointed painter of the Austrian Army. While in Vienna, he witnessed the exodus of Jews from pogroms in Russia and Bohemia.

By 1920, Max Pollak had established a large reputation in France, Germany, Austria and the United States. Pollak spent three years in Paris before coming to New York in 1927. Eventually settled in San Francisco. He was a member of the Chicago Society of Etchers and the California Society of Etchers. His works are in numerous museum collections.

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