Drypoint and etching, 1920s-1930s, edition 60. 17 5/8 x 5 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression in fine condition. The margins are full. So many of Langaskens prints convey a sense of spirituality and faith in a higher power. Images of work, cathedrals and Christ are often part of his imagery. He was a masterful etcher and often worked on a large scale.
Painted Skull of a Child inHallstatt. Located in the Austrian village of Halstatt, The Painted Skulls Ossuary was built back in the 12th century to accommodate a flourishing population and a crowded cemetery. The tradition of skull painting began in 1790, when members of the deceased’s family started painting the skulls, because they weren’t able to visit a grave an deposit mementos/flowers.