Etching of "Wind" Cleonike Damianakes.

Etching of "Wind"

1934. 1st printing. A fine etching, on wove paper, full margins (10 1/2” X 12 1/4”), titled “Wind” and signed in pencil “Cleon Damianakes” in the lower margin. 1/4” tear to a blank corner else near fine, framed, and scarce, with no other example that I could find in the auction records. Near fine. Item #319

Painter, muralist, illustrator, and etcher, Cleo Damianakes (1895–1979) was born in Berkeley, and studied there at the University of California. She lived in Hollywood until about 1940, became a member of both the California and Chicago Societies of Etchers, moved to New York, variously used Cleo, Cleon, and Cleonika as her first name, and in later years used Wilkins, her second husband’s name, as well. She produced a striking and famous mural for the Berkeley High School Auditorium, her work is featured by the Art Institute of Chicago and Toronto Museum of Art, it’s held by many others, and she exhibited widely during her career, but is especially well known in literature for her notable dustjacket designs, that evoked a uniting of sex and Hellenistic Greece, for dozens of authors, but most famously for Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, and A Farewell to Arms, and for Fitzgerald’s All The Sad Young Men (see Fitzgerald in this catalog).

Price: $1,500.00

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