20th Century American Prints

Set Pieces: Vanity of Trust

$1250.00

Lithograph, image size 13 x 18 1/2 inches, 1949, edition of 30, pencil signed, titled and editioned. Spruance studied in Paris after winning the coveted Cresson Scholarship in 1928 while attending college at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He studied with Edmond and Jaques Desjobert in Paris before returning to the US and continuing his nearly forty year career as a printmaker.

Despair

$1250.00

This listing is for a pair of images by American artist Isac Friedlander. The title is "Despair", they appear as a framed wood engraving dated 1931 and also the pencil study for the engraving also signed and dated 1931. Both pieces are in individual frames. The wood engraving has an image size of 12X7 inches, signed lower right in pencil titled and dated lower left. The drawing measures 12X7 1/4 inches, also signed and dated in the lower border. This is a very scarce image by this important Latvian American artist. Isac Friedlander (1890-1968) was born in Latvia. In 1912 he went to Italy where he met and worked with Russian artist Maxim Gorky. During this period he also received his only art training, studying etching, drawing and relief printing at the Academy of Rome. In 1937, he emigrated to New York where he worked full time as an artist until his death. He is best known for his woodcuts and etchings, and many museums have works by the artist, including the Smithsonian, Bibliotheque Nationale, and the Brooklyn Museum.

The Temple of Jupiter, Evening

$1250.00

A truly remarkable original lithograph by Joseph Pennell, this image measures 21 1/8 x 16 5/8 inches, published in 1913 in a very small edition of 50, pencil signed, from Pennell's series of lithographs created in his travels through Italy and Greece. Printed on a cream colored laid type paper with the watermark "Ingres PMF Italia". In his book "In the Land of Temples", Pennell writes of this image, "Night was falling as I was coming back from drawing by the river Ilissos. The subject was the most impressive I saw in the Land of Temples, and in the gathering darkness I drew it as well as I could."

Rest

$1200.00

This is an original etching and aquatint by American artist Doel Reed (1894-1985) The title of this work is "Rest". It was created and printed in 1941 in an edition of 250. The image measures 11X16 3/4 inches. The condition is very nice, only a tiny repair at the bottom edge of the sheet, well away from the image area. A very richly inked impression. Doel Reed was born on May 21, 1894 in Logansport, Fulton County, Indiana, and was raised in Indianapolis and took his first art lessons at the John Herron Art Museum while in grade school.

In 1916 he studied at the Art Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio with L.H. Meaken, James Hopkins and H.H. Wessel. Reed served with the 47th Infantry, 4th Division during World War 1 and was stationed in France between 1919 and 1920. Reed married Elizabeth Jane Sparks, a watercolor artist. He was made a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1952 as a graphic artist.

He taught printmaking at Oklahoma State Univ. between 1924 and 1959 in Stillwater, Oklahoma before moving to join the artists’ community in Taos, New Mexico in 1959, where he had previously spent summers.

Doel Reed was a member of the National Academy of Design; the Allied Artists of America; Audubon Artists; the Chicago Society of Etchers; the Indiana Print Makers; Prairie Print Makers; the California Printmakers Society,

Hovering Geese

$1200.00

A great sporting etching by Frank Benson, this image measures 14 x 10 7/8 inches, 1922, cat: Ordeman-213, pencil signed. A very rich impression on a medium weight laid type paper. Frank Benson was a very successful painter and a member of "The Ten" along with Childe Hassam and J. Alden Weir, before he began the sporting paintings and etchings for which he is most widely known. He was a founding member of the Boston Guild of Artists and a long time teacher at the Museum School in Boston. In 1912, at the age of 50, Benson began his etchings and drypoints, mainly of wild fowl which he depicted with expressive lines and rich toning that exquisitely captured the life and energy of the wild birds. His etchings were in high demand from the very start, and have remained favorites for collectors ever since.

Reflections at Finchingfield

$1200.00

Etching C. 1938. Catalog: Fletcher 311. 2nd state, edition of 156. Printed by David Strang. Plate measures 7 1/16 x 17 1/8 inches on 9 1/4 x 20 5/8 inch Whatman watermarked laid paper. Number two in his English Series. Plate inscription in the lower right: "John Taylor Arms 1938." Pencil signed in the lower right: John Taylor Arms 1938. Pencil numbered "II" in the lower left and inscribed "To my friends Charlotte and Richard Perry - John Taylor Arms 1938". An atmospheric and exquisitely detailed print, Arms has perfectly captured the reflections of the buildings. There is even a signpost just above the bridge that is perfectly legible, but only with a loupe tool or magnifying glass. This print has won several awards including the Purchase Prize, the Josephine Hancock Logan Prize and Medal, and the Lotus Club Print Prize. John Taylor Arms was one of the foremost American printmakers of the 20th century, known for his exquisite compositions and exacting details.

Stockholm

$1200.00

Etching and Aquatint from 1940. Likely printed by David Strang. Print #1 in his Scandinavian Series. Image measures 7 1/2 x 13 1/3 inches on 11 5/8 x 18 1/4 inch watermarked laid type paper. This very sharp print has a wide tonal range and captures the patterns in the columns and floor.

Here They Come

$1200.00

A great sporting etching by American artist and member of 'The Ten', Frank W Benson. Image size 13 7/8 x 11 3/4 inches, 1928, edition of 150, cat: Ordeman-278, printed on Whatman paper, pencil signed. Frank Benson was a founding member of the Boston Guild of Artists and a long time teacher at the Museum School in Boston. In 1912, at the age of 50, Benson began his etchings and drypoints, mainly of wild fowl which he depicted with expressive lines and rich toning that exquisitely captured the life and energy of the wild birds. His etchings were in high demand from the very start, and have remained favorites for collectors ever since.

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