[New Haven]: Yale University Library/Arts of the Book Collection, 1985. Quarto (11 inches tall), original paper wrappers."Eichenberg" written in ink at the top of the blank spine. Fine. Item #850
"MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CARRY IMAGES BY FRITZ EICHENBERG AROUND, EMBEDDED IN OUR PSYCHES"
First edition of this handsome exhibition catalogue collecting 50 years of drawings by Fritz Eichenberg. In 1933, Eichenberg fled Germany and emigrated to America soon after Hitler took power. Though he was to be best-known for his iconic wood-engravings in the Catholic Worker, Eichenberg was actually a Quaker, converting after the tragic death of his wife in 1938. "Widely acknowledged as one of the modern masters of the wood-engraving," Eichenberg's "heroes were artists like Kollwitz, Daumier, and Goya who had put their talents at the service of their moral and social convictions" and his artistic own vision began to reflect his religious beliefs in pacifism and non-violence. This catalogue focus on his preparatory sketches for his literary and devotional compositions but also includes a self-portrait ("The Blues"). With a short Introduction (dated, "Northampton / August 1985") by Alexander Eliot extolling the value of the drawings: "these works demonstrate—even more than his prints—that Eichenberg's eye for human particulars is sharp and yet tender at the same time." The prefatory catalogue describes the primarily pen-and-ink sketches illustrating Erasmus, Dostoevsky, Dylan Thomas, Emily Bronte, Kipling, and Tolstoy. Ellsberg. All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time.