If you are familiar w/ Sandzen's work, then you know his masterful hand in art extends to painting, lithography, etching and wood/linocut prints. A relatively unknown artist, but not for long. Sandzen's work has been gaining in popularity over the past 5-10 years. This book illustrates a few examples, but the real value is in the catalog of prints. This catalog is a complete inventory of every print made, the date it was created, the edition size, and the print size. The print size is especially important for collectors as some of Sandzen's prints were mass printed in slightly smaller sizes but look strikingly like originals(A very important detail for buyers of Sandzen's artwork). this book is a must for the collector only,....look to other books for juicy photos and a more extensive biography.
Receiving my copy of this raisonne is bitter sweet. I should have read the previous review more carefully. While every lithograph, woodblock, linoblock and etching is LISTED in the text by title, year, edition number and size, only 62 prints are REPRODUCED in black and white. All reproductions are printed in small size, approx. 5" X 3". The print quality is very good as one can see small details. Sandzen left a large body of graphic works. I can only assume the publishers included his best western landscapes (mostly), botanicals, animals and portraits in this very slim volume. This is a shame because Sandzen was a major talent and influence as the short bio herein attests. A larger volume is warranted because he continues to be recognized as a leading printmaker/painter of a begone era (See Prairie Printmakers School and Broadmoor Colorado School). For now, I'll have to be satisfied with "The Graphic Work of Birger Sandzen.