Street Musicians by Ira Moskowitz shows four musicians playing various horn instruments including trumpets and trombones. Behind them some children seem to be looking out a window catching the show. The four men are dressed in colorful clothes of green , blue, purple , red and brown and stand out from a light pastel background. This print is an original limited edition ( A. P. , artists proof ) lithograph in very good condition and is signed in pencil by the artist.
Polish/American artist Ira Mosokowitz ( 1912-2001 ) emigrated to New York City in 1927 at the age of sixteen. He studied at the Art Students League under John Sloan and Harry Wickey and by the 1930’s had exhibitions of his paintings, lithographs and etchings in the great city. He moved to the Southwest and joined the Santa Fe Group of Artists and gained a national reputation for his portrayal of the Navajo peoples life and customs. Moskowitz returned to live in New York after 1947 and made many trips to Israel. Thereafter religion and Jewish culture played a vital role in his art. Isaac Bashevis Singer once said of Moskowitz; “Ira has recaptured the religious view of God and the world in his works.” His etchings, lithographs and paintings are included in many major collections in Europe, the United States and Israel. These include the Library of Congress, Washington DC, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Haifa Museum of Modern Art, Israel, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Texas, and the Witte Memorial Museum San Antonio Texas.