Johnny Friedlaender, 4 Original etchings. Each etching 10 inch x 8 inch
Johnny Gotthard Friedlaender (1912-1992), printmaker and painter, was born in Pless, Prussian Silesia (Germany). He moved to Breslau in 1921 and, in 1928, he enrolled at the Breslau Art Academy where he attended master classes taught by Otto Mueller, a member of Die Brücke. During his academy years Friedlaender worked in lithography and etching.
Friedlaender worked for various journals and focused on etching as his main medium of expression. He became one of the great innovators in color printmaking and a school formed in Paris around his work as a painter and printmaker. From his Paris atelier Friedlaender instructed younger artists who themselves went on to become noteworthy, among them Arthur Luiz Piza, Brigitte Coudrain, Rene Carcan, and Graciela Rodo Boulanger. His work was internationally acclaimed and included in exhibitions around the world and he won numerous awards. In 1987 the Bremen Art Museum mounted a retrospective of Friedlaender's work on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday and on his eightieth birthday a retrospective exhibition was mounted in Bonn at the municipal council offices.