20th Century American Prints

Self Portrait as a Priest

$925.00

A rare artist's proof by Leonard Baskin, this is an early woodcut portraying the artist dressed as a priest. The image size is 21 1/4 x 10 inches, published in 1952, cat: Fern & O'Sullivan-193, pencil signed and dated, notated 'artist's proof', framed. Baskin was an important artist in the mid 20th century, known for his evocative wood engravings, lithographs, and etchings. In the era of abstract expressionism, Baskin’s work tended toward the representational with a strong classical influence, and over the course of his long career he created many self portraits which beautifully showcase the evolution of his style.

Long Cove

$900.00

An atmospheric scene of Rockport, Massachusetts, this is one of Wengenroth's early lithographs, published in 1935 in a small edition of 50 impressions. The image size is 7 7/8 x 12 1/4 inches, cat: Stuckey-51, pencil signed. Stow Wengenroth was one of the preeminent lithographers of 20th century America, known for his atmospheric, incredibly detailed images of the New England landscape and coastline. He studied at the Art Students League and the Grand Central School of Art in New York, and in the summers studied with John Carlson in Woodstock NY and George Ennis in Eastport ME. In 1931 he had his first one man show at the MacBeth Galleries, beginning a long and very successful artistic career.

Marshes at Evening

$875.00

This is a very rich impression of a great sporting etching by Frank Benson. The image size is 9 x 11 inches, published in 1918 in an edition of 150, cat: Ordeman-131, pencil signed and numbered "6". This etching is titled "Marshes at Evening" in the Ordeman catalog, although it is titled in the artist's hand on the lower margin as "Evening in the Marshes". In his catalog of Benson's prints, Ordeman quotes John Taylor Arms, who said of Benson, "[He] has achieved the distinction of founding a school- that of the modern sporting artist. In this, his followers and imitators have been many; his equals none." In this image, a flock of ducks come into the marsh to roost, silhouetted against the still bright sky of a midsummer evening.

Morning Flight

$875.00

This expressive drypoint etching of ducks taking flight by Frank Benson was published in 1918 in an edition of 150. It is pencil signed on the lower margin. This image measures 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches with wide margins on a sheet size of 12 1/2 x 15 3/8 inches. Benson was a very successful painter and a member of "The Ten" along with Childe Hassam and J. Alden Weir, before he began his sporting paintings and etchings for which he is most widely known. 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. He was a founding member of the Boston Guild of Artists and a long time teacher at the Museum School in Boston.

Shadows

$850.00

C. 1936. Edition of 175. Catalog: Giardina 186. Pencil signed in the lower right "Kerr Eby imp", the 'imp' indicating that Eby printed this impression himself. Plate measures 10 1/4 x 14 7/8 inches on 12 3/4 x 18 inch laid type paper. This etching was based on Eby's World War I experiences in France. This print is a beautiful study in light and shadow.

Olympic Game

$850.00

This is a very cool lithograph on zinc, image size 12 5/8 x 17 7/8 inches, 1919-1920, from a very small edition of 27 or fewer impressions, cat: Czestochowski-134, printed by Bolton Brown, pencil signed. Provenance: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Davies was a truly remarkable artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries known for his dreamlike etchings and lithographs. In his catalog raisonne of Davies work, Czestochowski writes "In a time of social, political, scientific and artistic upheaval, Davies hewed to an unwavering inner vision, one of classically graceful figures in an eternal dance with nature." This image is a beautiful homage to the ancient Greeks, which Davies portrays in his distinctive style that is at once quite classical and quite modern.

Berkshire Night

$775.00

C. 1941. Etching and sandpaper ground. Edition of 100. The scene depicted was in the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts. Catalog: Giardina 203. Plate measures 10 1/2 x 14 5/8 inches on 13 7/8 x 18 1/4 inch wove type paper. Pencil signed "Kerr Eby imp" in the lower right, indicating that the artist printed it himself. This print has a good use of plate tone in the sky. This image shows his impressive use of highlighting and shadow to show the snow fields at night.

Portrait of Whistler

$775.00

Etching by Jacques Reich after the painting by Giovanni Boldini, image size 20 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches, 1916, pencil signed. Whistler's signature is etched below the image, Boldini's in the lower left corner of the image.

Maenads

$775.00

Etching with aquatint, image size 7 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches, 1918-1919, state VII/VIII, cat: Czestochowski-69, alternate title "Far Prospect," pencil signed, framed. Davies was a truly remarkable artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries known for his dreamlike etchings and lithographs. In his catalog raisonne of Davies work, Czestochowski writes "In a time of social, political, scientific and artistic upheaval, Davies hewed to an unwavering inner vision, one of classically graceful figures in an eternal dance with nature." This rare, early state etching is a perfect example of the combination of classicism and modernism of Davies' work.

In Their Holiday Clothes

$775.00

This is a great original woodblock in colors by American artist Helen Hyde. The image size is 13 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches, published in 1914, cat: Mason & Mason-119, pencil signed, housed in a signed and dated, gilt, art deco frame; "Thulin", 1921. Helen Hyde grew up in California but traveled widely throughout her life. She studied at the Art Students League in New York from 1888-1889, then traveled throughout Europe for four years. While in Paris, she was first exposed to the Japanese style of woodblock prints, which captured her imagination and greatly influenced her entire career. She lived for eleven years in Japan, where she created the majority of her work, carving some of her own blocks as well as working with Japanese carvers and printers to produce her distinctive images.

Portfolio of 16 Prints

$750.00

Portfolio of prints by Leonard Baskin, sheet size of each print is 22 x 16 inches, 1962, numbered 95/100, published by The Friends of Art, Boston University. This portfolio includes 15 reproductions, one original woodblock print as well as an original pencil signed woodblock; and a pencil signed and numbered colophon sheet. This portfolio is very rare, from the first 100 published before the edition of 500.

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