In the early 90's, Crumb collaborated with author David Mairowitz to create an "Introducing Kafka" book. However, the original watercolor illustration that Crumb painted for the cover of the book (he sent to England where the publisher was located) was never returned, and has been missing since. This wonderful portrait was used for the first several editions, but subsequently never used again as the publisher went out of business and succeeding publishers had neither the artwork nor films to use that portrait again. I had always admired the skill and beauty of the portrait, but given the book's small size, a reproduction would be nearly impossible. Surely a photographic reproduction (for instance, a giclee print) would only enlarge the mechanical dots that were created in the offset printing process when the book was printed.
But I have taken the many, many hours necessary to enlarge, trace and manipulate (with Photoshop and by hand) all the different shades of green and grey required to recreate this beautiful watercolor into a serigraph edition. 34 colors were used to capture Crumb's watercolor portrait, creating an edition of 120 prints, all numbered, dated and signed by Crumb. He has also titled each piece, under the center of the portrait, "Kafka."
The cream archival rag paper is 11 inches by 16.5 inches.The image size is 8.25" x 10.25". Each print comes with our unconditional guarantee for your complete satisfaction or your money back.