Wood Engraving Prints

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.

Modern Arcadia (Bucolique Moderne)

$1250.00

A wood engraving in 5 colors on Japan paper from 1901. V/V. Plate measures 10 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches in a 18 3/4 x 23 inch gold frame. Plate signed in the lower left, pencil signed in the lower right. Catalog: Lotz-Brissonneau 271. Auguste-Louis Lepere was one of the leading French printmakers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He began studying printmaking at the age of 13 with Joseph Burn Smeeton in Paris and quickly made a name for himself with his innovative style and technically brilliant etchings and wood engravings. A vivid and unique print, full of life and color. One of these prints is currently in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.

Woman Reading

$750.00

This is a very fine original wood engraving by British artist John Nash. The image size is 6 x 4 1/2 inches, published c. 1930 in a very small edition of 20, pencil signed and titled in the lower margin. Primarily a self taught artist, John Nash was a renowned painter and printmaker and founding member of several prestigious artist groups, including the London Group in 1914, the Society of Wood Engravers in 1920 and the Colchester Art Society in 1946. He served on the front lines during WWI before being appointed an official war artist in 1918, and later continued his service as war artist during WWII. Many of his images portray events during the wars, but he also created many landscapes and quiet, peaceful images of domestic life, such as this intimate scene of a woman reading, surrounded by books and a violin.

Shadows in a Winter Wood

$750.00

This is a framed wood engraving from 1951. A presentation print for the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers. Catalog: McGoldrick 135. This print is on the cover of the catalog, a departure from her usual oeuvre of flowers, animals, and mother and child figures. Edition of 50. Pencil titled in the lower left, signed in the lower right. Plate measures 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches on 9 1/8 x 6 5/8 inch laid paper. Unwin expertly captures the ethereal subject matter with each carefully chosen line in this captivating print. Nora Unwin grew up in England and studied art with Leon Underwood, then at the Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art before moving to the United States in the 1940s, settling in Wellesley, MA and Peterborough, NH. She was a renowned artist, printmaker and children's book illustrator. Her work won innumerable awards and was shown in more than forty one-woman shows.

Tobacco Loopers

$725.00

This is an original hand signed wood engraving by American artist Clare Leighton. The title of this work is "Tobacco Loopers", created and printed in 1942. This proof is editioned as 13/50, The image measures 7 1/2X5 1/2 inches. Although originally from England Leighton relocated to America in 1939. As a well known illustrator she negotiated with The Macmillan Company to create a book about the American South: a region that had fascinated her since her earliest visits to this country. Southern Harvest, published in 1942, records her graphic and written impressions of the rural customs and agricultural rites that were still functioning in an increasingly industrialized South. As was her custom, Leighton traversed the region to make on-the-spot observations for her prints. Her rhythmic, elongated style elegantly describes the movements of cotton pickers and tobacco loopers as well as scenes of community in which neighbors congregate to help shuck corn or quilt. Leighton confessed in the book's introduction that she had created it, in part, to fulfill her own need to become rooted in the American continent. It is rare to find one of this series hand signed by the artist.

Bathers

$675.00

This wood engraving by John Buckland Wright measures 5 1/4 x 7 inches, published in 1917 in an edition of 30. It is pencil signed, dated and numbered on the lower margin. Wright help to found "Atelier 17" in Paris, an experimental workshop for the graphic arts in 1927.

The Far Horizon

$675.00

Wood engraving on maple from 1932. "C L imp" blindstamp in the lower left. "Trial proof" in pencil in the lower left. Only a few proofs were done in 1932. Printed in the 1970's by Letterio Calapai. Edition of 100. Catalog: Burne Jones 91. Plate measures 5 1/2 x 7 inches on 9 1/4 x 11 inch paper. A good impression of a bold and dramatic print with strong, even blacks. The muscular yet poised figure in a moment of nighttime contemplation invites the viewer to wonder what he is thinking about.

Mexican Women

$625.00

This award winning wood engraving by the American artist, Nora Unwin measures 9 x 7 inches, pencil signed, titled and dated, cat: McGoldrick-103, framed. Deemed one of Unwins' most outstanding prints. From a total of 157 prints from 26 states and Hawaii, "Mexican Women" was chosen as the Presentation Print of the Year at the Boston Printmakers 1956 annual exhibition. Framed.

Near Lyme, Sunset

$625.00

This is an original wood engraving by American artist Thomas W. Nason. It is titled: "Near Lyme,Sunset. It was created as the presentation print for the Woodcut Society of 1945. It came to us in the original folder issued by the W.S. This image measures 7X7 5/8 inches. It also appears on the cover of the Nason catalogue raisonne.
In beautiful condition, never matted or framed, Perfect...

Midsummer 1954

$545.00

This limited edition print by the master printmaker Thomas Nason measures 6 x 9 1/16 inches and is pencil signed and dated, cat: BPL-521, in an edition of 450 for Associated American Artists, 1954. AAA label included with artist provenance. Known as the "Poet Engraver of New England", Nason was a prolific artist who specialized in incredibly detailed, atmospheric wood engravings of the New England landscape.

Eggmoggin Reach

$525.00

This 1940 chiaroscuro wood engraving by the American artist Thomas Nason measures 6 x 10 inches, pencil signed and dated, in an edition of 250, two blocks; black and gray, for Associated American Artists, cat: BPL-300. Known as the "Poet Engraver of New England", Nason was a prolific artist who specialized in incredibly detailed, atmospheric wood engravings of the New England landscape.

La Sortie de l'Exposition

$495.00

Wood engraving c. 1889. Plate measures 8 5/8 x 6 3/4 on 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inch thin wove type paper. Catalog: L-B 197. A scene of the Exposition Universelle with the Palais de machines in the background. In ink in the lower left, "collection of A. Desmoulins edition 1 of 2. A very rare print." Plate signed in the lower right, pencil signed in the lower right. Published by A. Desmoulins. Auguste-Louis Lepere was one of the leading French printmakers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He began studying printmaking at the age of 13 with Joseph Burn Smeeton in Paris and quickly made a name for himself with his innovative style and technically brilliant etchings and wood engravings.

Warm Afternoon

$495.00

This is an original hand signed woodengraving by American artist Nora S Unwin. The title of this work is "Warm Afternoon", it was created and printed in 1951 and was used as the Presentation print of the American Woodcut Society. This wood engraving is hand titled in pencil and inscribed as "Artists Proof" The image measures 5X7 3/4 inches. Nice condition, two bits of old tape at the upper edges of the sheet well away from the image area. A very fine and detailed image of a mother and Child on a summer afternoon. "Born into the prominent Unwin book publishing family of England, Unwin studied at the Royal College of Art and helped to revive wood engraving in America, to where she moved in 1946. She is represented in major museums, and gave more than forty one-woman shows and won over fifteen major awards." Unwin lived and worked in Peterborough New Hampshire.

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