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San Francisco, Between the Bridges by Max Pollak

San Francisco, Between the Bridges by Max Pollak

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Color Etching and Aquatint


Edition Size: 1/150 (likely fewer than 30 printed)

Image Size: 12-7/8 x 19-3/4 inches

Sheet Size: 17-1/8 x 23-5/8 inches

Reference: Triton Gallery 63, illus. p. 16


Condition: Excellent

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Softground etching and color aquatint. Max Pollak did this large color intaglio in 1949, using the tonal lines that softground etching can create and added color using aquatint, printed a la poupeé. He viewed San Francisco from the north, from the hills above Sausalito, where he and Friedl had a home. The skyline of the San Francisco is seen in the background with the Bay Bridge visible in the upper center left.

Pollak looked down over the Sausalito waterfront on San Francisco Bay. To the right are the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge which connects the city with Marin County and Northern California via US101, seen as a gray ribbon that runs through a cutout in the hill.

This exceptional impression, numbered 1 of 150 was from the personal collection of his wife, Friedl and has her red “FPC” stamp in the lower left margin.



The Artist

Max Pollak

Max Pollak, painter and printmaker, was born in Prague but was raised in Vienna where he later studied painting and etching at the Vienna Academy of Art under Unger and Schmutzer. In 1910 Pollak earned 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. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1927, eventually settling in San Francisco.

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