The Hook Shop
Lithograph from stone on cream paper with deckled edges
Rare edition of 15
Image size: 13.25 x10.25 in
Paper size: 19.625 x 17.5 in
Self published 1926
excerpt from The Hirschfeld Century, Portrait of an Artist and his Age by David Leopold:
"In common with every other artist who rose above the rank of cretin," Al remembered, "I, too, had a genuine lithograph stone in my studio to work on." He purchased his original press in Paris and produced his first print, a lithograph of a Parisian brothel titled The Hook Shop, in 1926. The gauzy view of prostitutes and their finely dressed johns, some sampling the merchandise, alludes to Lautrec and would not be out of place in Kenneth Hayes Miller's Fourteenth Street school. Al took advantage of the texture of stone lithograph to showcase a rich spectrum of gray halftones.