SCHLITZIE 2009 fine art print / edition of 15 / $240.00 each
"Schlitzie the Pin-Head," a.k.a. Schlitze Surtees (b. [possibly] Simon Metz, Sept. 10, 1901, Bronx NY; d. Sept. 24, 1971, Los Angeles) was born with microcephaly, a disorder that endowed him with a small brain and elongated skull. He had the cognizance of a three-year-old and stood about four feet tall. Schlitzie wore dresses (due to incontinence), which led many to assume he was female. In a pre-PC era, when physical defects were exploited for their exhibitionist values, Schlitzie worked as a "carnie" (a traveling carnival sideshow performer). Unlike most microcephalics who endured sequestered lives, Surtees achieved immortality for appearing in the controversial 1932 Tod Browning-directed film Freaks, a melodramatic story about society's genetic outcasts. Surtees played himself—and didn't have to act: he behaved naturally, with childlike joy and often-uncontrollable exuberance. Read more...
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This work was commissioned as a painting by a private collector. Although image rights are retained by Drew Friedman, approval was sought from and granted by the collector for us to issue this work as a limited edition replica.

Only fifteen (15) prints of SCHLITZIE were produced for this edition. Each print is signed in the lower right, hand-titled in the center, and numbered in the lower left (all beneath the image). We have sold numbers 1/15 thru 11/15, and are now offering number 12/15, unframed, for $240 (plus shipping and handling). Prices will increase in $20 increments for the final three prints, which are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If multiple prints are purchased in one order, we will charge the current price for each print. Once the edition sells out, this work will no longer be available from us as a fine art print.

The image area is 15" high x 15" wide on an untrimmed 22" x 17" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.