Josef Nuyttens (American, 1885-1960) gouache depicting villagers in a quaint town; signed LR; measures approximately 17" x 21" with frame and has a sight image of approximately 11" x 15"; in good overall condition with some toning to matting.Josef Pierre Nuyttens (Belgian 1885-1960) is internationally recognized as one of the world's most gifted and versatile artists, displaying genius in every medium (watercolor, oil, pen and ink, and sculpture). Josef Pierre Nuyttens is without equal in dry point etchings, and his works are prized the world over by museums and collectors. The range of Nuyttens' subjects appears unlimited-landscapes, mariens, character studies, animals-while his portraits are so outstanding that he is often called the ''official etcher of Presidents and Notables.'' He has made portrait etchings of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many notables too-Kings, Queens, actors of stage and screen, industrialists and society people have sat for him here and abroad. His portraits of Edison, Lipton and Irene Castle, among others, are particularly renowned. Since Josef Pierre Nuyttens reached 16 years of age (when he won first prize award at the Royal Academy of Art at Antwerp) his etchings have hung in prominent galleries the world over, among them the Washington Congressional Library and War Museum of Brussels. Foremost art dealers in the world all display Nuyttens' etchings. So versatile is Nuyttens' genius that he is also renowned as an author of novels, and he has received many awards for both art and literary work.