20th Century American Prints

52nd Street and Third Avenue

$700.00

A great New York etching by Bauhaus artist Walter Drewes, image size 11 7/9 x 7 3/4 inches, 1931, pencil signed, numbered and dated. Walter Drewes was a leader in the abstract movement of American art, and is often credited with bringing much of the Bauhaus aesthetic to America in the mid 20th century. Born in Germany, Drewes was drafted into the German Army at age 18 and served on the Western Front during WWI. After his military service, Drewes studied at the Bauhaus with Johannes Itten and Paul Klee, and then later with Wassily Kandinsky and Lyonel Feininger, then spent several years he traveling all over the world studying the work of the Old Masters. In 1930 Drewes moved to New York City, exhibiting his work often and teaching at the Brooklyn Museum School and Columbia University, then later at the Moholy-Nagy School of Design in Chicago and the School of Fine Arts at Washington University, St Louis. He was also quite active with the 'Societe Anonyme', was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists, and served as the Director of Graphic Arts for the WPA in New York City.

New Rochelle- Before the Wind

$700.00

This is a very expressive, slightly abstracted etching by Bauhaus artist Werner Drewes, image size 13 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches, 1931, pencil signed, numbered and dated. Walter Drewes was a leader in the abstract movement of American art, and is often credited with bringing much of the Bauhaus aesthetic to America in the mid 20th century. Born in Germany, Drewes was drafted into the German Army at age 18 and served on the Western Front during WWI. After his military service, Drewes studied at the Bauhaus with Johannes Itten and Paul Klee, later with Wassily Kandinsky and Lyonel Feininger, then spent several years he traveling all over the world studying the work of the Old Masters. In 1930 Drewes moved to New York City, exhibiting his work often and teaching at the Brooklyn Museum School and Columbia University, then at the Moholy-Nagy School of Design in Chicago and the School of Fine Arts at Washington University, St Louis. He was also quite active with the 'Societe Anonyme', was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists, and served as the Director of Graphic Arts for the WPA in New York City.

Owl

$700.00

Plate measures 9 x 7 3/8 inches on 11 1/2 x 9 1/4 inch paper. Printed in April, 1973. Greenport, New York. Catalog: Stuckey 351. Edition of 135. This print has a wide tonal range and incredible texture.

The Storm

$700.00

Giardina 191. C. 1937. Etching and sandpaper ground. Edition 100. Pencil signed and annotated "imp," indicating that the artist printed it himself. A coastal scene in Maine. Print measures 9 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches on 13 1/8 x 19 inch watermarked laid type paper.

Yom Kippur Angel

$700.00

A woodblock from 1978. Catalog: Fern & O'Sullivan 674. Number 89 in an edition of 150. Plate signed and dated in the lower left, pencil signed in the lower right. The Hebrew characters in the plate read "Yom Kippur." Pencil editioned in the lower left. Plate measures 35 x 23 1/2 inches in a 40 x 29 1/2 inch silver frame. Printed in black on Rives BFK paper. 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, which is particularly evident in his images of flowers and the natural world. After serving in the Navy during WWII, Baskin began his career as a printmaker in the late 1940s, beginning with simple linocuts, but quickly progressing to dramatic wood engravings, then later etchings and lithographs. Known for his graphic images created by the simple interplay of black on white, combined with his dramatic use of line, Baskin remains one of America's greatest printmakers.

The Sentinel Pine

$695.00

Etching measuring 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches by the American artist, George Elbert Burr, pencil signed, cat: Seeber-135. Burr was an American printmaker and painter best known for his etchings and drypoints of expansive views of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.

Trinity Church, From the River

$695.00

This Joseph Pennell etching measures 11 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches, pencil signed, 1904, cat: Wuerth 324, probably in an edition of 25. Pennell was an important American etcher, lithographer and illustrator. Good friends with James McNeill Whistler, he and his wife co-authored his biography. Pennell was known for his continued experimentation with technique and style, producing cityscapes, landscapes and marine scenes. He also printed many of his own images.

The Pig Pen

$675.00

One of John Taylor Arms' early etchings, this image of a rural European farm measures 4 5/8 x 11 7/8 inches, pencil signed, dated and numbered 3/75, also titled "The Sty" and "La Parcherie". Printed by Frederick Reynolds, cat: Fletcher #83. Created in 1920, this very detailed and expertly toned etching is beautifully matted and framed.

Limoges

$675.00

This 1932 etching by the master printmaker, John Taylor Arms, measures 10 x 13 1/2 inches and is pencil signed and dated on the lower margin. Edition 142, repair to edge of image, right side. Part of his French Church Series.

The Fast Mail

$675.00

Pencil signed, printed in 1923. 6 x 8 inches on 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 laid-type paper. Kuhler was one of the best known industrial designers of the American railroads. He learned etching after World War I and enrolled at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf.

Tracks, Oberhausen

$675.00

This is a fantastic scene of the railroad tracks and surrounding industrial buildings in Oberhausen, Germany by American artist Joseph Pennell. Etching, image size 9 3/8 x 12 1/2 inches, published in 1910 in an edition of 50 impressions, cat: Wuerth- 606, pencil signed "J. Pennell imp", the 'imp' indicating that Pennell printed this impression himself. This etching is printed on an early antique watermarked laid type paper with trimmed margins and a tab signature, in the style of Whistler. There are two small rust spots which appear to be in the paper, as is common in early paper of this type. Pennell was one of the foremost American printmakers of the early 20th century, and was close friends with James McNeill Whistler, whose influence is evident in many of Pennell's images as well as his sense of experimentation with etching technique. Pennell was especially known for his images of cityscapes and architecture; in this image the trains and surrounding factories provide the structure of the composition, while ghostly, quickly rendered figures give a human presence and sense of scale to the bustling railyard.

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