SCHLITZIE 2009 fine art print / edition of 15 / $200.00 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 9/15, and are now offering number 10/15, unframed, for $200 (plus shipping and handling). Prices will increase for subsequent prints as the edition depletes.

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.