The Great Shah
Height: 28 in
Width: 22 in
Printed on rag paper (Arches buff). 4 groups of shapes: 2 red lines on top righ corner, 6 pointed shape at the top with purple shape in center, linear shape beneath with red lines in center, and four grey lines at the bottom.
Jacob Kainen was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1909. In 1919, Kainen moved with his family to New York. He studied drawing at the Art Students League in New York at age 16 with Kimon Nicolaides and also attended the Pratt Institute School of Art in Brooklyn and evening classes at the New York University School of Architecture. In 1942 Kainen received a diploma dated 1930 from the Pratt Art Institute; 1930 was the year he was expelled three weeks before graduation for rebelling against the new curriculum emphasizing commercial art. In the 1930s, Kainen was a social realist working in color lithography. While eventually departing from social realism for abstraction, he would maintain an interest in conveying human experience.