Helen West Heller
1872-1955, American

Cider Press
1872-1955, American

This is a cool diptych woodblock print depicting the process of cider making by American WPA artist Helen West Heller. The image size is 6 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches, 1939, pencil signed, dated and titled. Helen West Heller was primarily a self-taught artist, working several mediums before turning exclusively to linoleum and wood block prints. She was known for her expressive, slightly abstracted images that often incorporated a distinct sense of geometric patterns.


Eastwind
1872-1955, American

A very fine sculptural woodblock by American artist Helen West Heller, image size is 6 x 8 inches, 1932, pencil signed, dated and titled. Helen West Heller was primarily a self-taught artist, working several mediums before turning exclusively to linoleum and wood block prints. She was known for her expressive, slightly abstracted images that often incorporated a distinct sense of geometric patterns.

Painting

The Farmyard
1844-1902, American

Oil on canvas, 15 x 21 1/2 inches, c. 1880s, attributed to John Appleton Brown, partial monogram lower left corner, in a period frame. John Appleton Brown was born in Newburyport, Ma and studied painting with Albert T. Bricher and Benjamin C. Porter, then traveled to Paris to study with Emile Lambinet. He became known for his Barbizon inspired landscapes of New England and images of apple orchards, earning himself the nickname "Appleblossom Brown." Brown was a member of the Society of American Artists and the National Academy of Design.

Print

First Church, Lancaster
1883-1978, American

Color woodblock print by Rudolph Ruzicka. Pencil and plate signed. Plate measures 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches on 9 7/8 x 6 1/2 inch watermarked laid-type paper. Print 5 in an edition of 60. Inscription in the upper left corner reads "Quam Dilecta Tabernacula Tua", meaning "how lovely are thy tabernacles." C. 1916, dated in the lower right.

Drawing

The Train Station
20th Century, European

A very well done mixed media drawing by W.B. Fergusson. The artist used pen and ink, pencil and gouache in this whimsical moment in time at a busy train station. Done on gray toned paper, it measures 13 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches. The artists' signature is seen on the lower right with a date of 1920.