Original Julius Komjati etching.
Rare working proof in the first state of the plate, prior to the only published edition. Signed in ink an inscribed in pencil "I state". A beautiful clean wiped impression with exceptional clarity - a trial proof prior to additional shading work throughout the plate. Working proofs of any of Julius Komjati's etchings are extremely rare.
Julius Komjáti had been one of only two thousand, out of an original sixteen thousand to survive over a year’s captivity at the hands of the Roumanians during the First World War. The terrible experiences which he had suffered during his captivity found poignant expression through his etchings, many of which display Julius Komjáti’s deep religious convictions regarding the suffering of his fellow men. One of his most moving works, Prayer depicts a fellow prisoner deep in supplication. Life for this man can hold no worse – his sole remaining source of hope lies with God.
On smooth cream wove paper with margins. Faint time tone within mat window area, otherwise very good original condition. Mounted on original support board at extreme edges of sheet, as prepared by the artist himself.