20th Century American Prints

Gothic Glory, Sens Cathedral

$1000.00

Also known as: "Sens, Cathédrale de Saint Ètienne" and "Sens, North Portal." An incredibly detailed drypoint etching with plate toning and a wide tonal range. Signed and dated 1929 in the lower right. Plate signed and dated in the lower right, plate titled in the lower left. Second and final state. Edition of 100. #25 in his French Church series. Catalog: Fletcher 218. C. 1929. Plate measures 15 x 9 inches on 17 1/8 x 11 1/2 inch laid paper. John Taylor Arms was one of the foremost American printmakers of the 20th century, known for his exquisite compositions and exacting details.

Ecclesiastes - Essay 2

$975.00

Lithograph, image size 18 x 13 inches, edition of 30, 1945, print signed, dated, edition number, and title in pencil. Plate signed "BS" l.r. Fine & Looney 246. 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.

Island Winter

$975.00

This is a remarkable original etching of a New England winter by Kerr Eby. The image size is 9 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches, 1941, edition of about 100, cat: Giardina-204, pencil signed "Kerr Eby imp", the 'imp' indicating that Eby printed this impression himself. This etching features a richly inked impression with subtle plate tone, printed on a medium weight watermarked wove type paper.

The Lobster Fisherman

$975.00

This is an original etching by American modernist artist John Marin (1870-1953) The title of this work is "The Lobster Fisherman". It was created and printed in 1948. This is a rare pencil signed early proof. The image measures 8 3/4X7 inches. This etching was later reprinted in a large unsigned edition. Nice use of plate tone in the sky and sea.
“From 1899 to 1901, Marin attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia he studied with Thomas Pollock Anshutz and William Merritt Chase. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York.[
In 1909, Marin held his first one-man exhibition at Alfred Stieglitz's 291 gallery in New York City. He had been introduced to Stieglitz by the photographer Edward Steichen. Marin's association with Stieglitz would last nearly forty years, and Stieglitz's philosophical and financial support would prove essential.[5] From 1909 until his death in 1946, Stieglitz showed Marin's work almost every year in one of his galleries.[6] Marin also participated in the landmark 1913 Armory Show.[3]
Marin spent his first summer in Maine in 1914 and almost immediately the rocky coast there became one of his favorite subjects. Over the rest of his life, Marin became intimately familiar with the many moods of the sea and sky in Maine”

Great Horned Owl

$975.00

Lithograph from May 1960. Scene from New York, New York. Image measures 15 3/16 x 11 3/4 inches on 19 3/4 x 15 inch medium weight wove type paper. Wengenroth has captured this majestic owl at high alert against a dramatic bright sky, framed with some plate tone on the edges. Catalog: Stuckey 269.

Little Owl

$975.00

Lithograph from February 1966 of an owl in Greenport, NY. Catalog: Stuckey 304. Edition of 65. Print measures 10 x 15 7/8 inches on 13 1/4 x 20 1/8 inch wove type paper. Pencil signed in the lower right, editioned in the lower left. A fine example of the artist's well known Owl series.

Driftway, Moonlight

$975.00

This remarkable etching is one of Eby's finest prints, and is featured on the front cover of the Giardina catalog. The image size is 8 5/8 x 15 5/8 inches, published in an edition of 100 in 1931, cat: Giardina-168, pencil signed "Kerr Eby imp", the 'imp' indicating that Eby printed this impression himself. This image is one of several landscapes Eby made depicting his house in Westport, Connecticut and with it's rich tonal range and vivid contrasts, it is by far one of his most impressive images. This etching features a very richly inked impression on a medium weight watermarked wove type paper.

Wood Owl

$975.00

Lithograph from March 1970. Scene from Greenport, New York. Pencil signed in the lower right. Edition of 85. Image measures 9 5/8 x 15 5/8 inches on 13 x 19 3/4 inch medium weight wove type paper. Wengenroth has captured every detail of the texture of the subject and background. Catalog: Stuckey 331.

Deep Water

$975.00

A beautiful lithograph by the American artist, Stow Wengenroth, measuring 12 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches, pencil signed in an edition of 50. This image is of Winter Harbor, Maine, created in October of 1941, Stuckey cat: 110, framed. 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.

Upland

$975.00

Pencil signed in the lower right. 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches on 12 1/4 x 17 1/4 inch medium weight wove type paper. A well-illuminated lithograph with soft lines and good tonal value. An Associated American Artists print.

Rocky River

$975.00

This is a very rare original etching by American sporting artist Frank W Benson. The image size is 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches, published in 1921 in an edition of 100, cat: Ordeman-205, pencil signed, titled in the lower margin. There is some old masking tape residue in the margins, but this is outside of the image area and will be covered by a window mat. This print is quite scarce, and an unusual subject for Benson; in most of his images the landscape serves as a backdrop for wildfowl or hunters but in this etching he focuses on the land and river, creating an atmospheric summer scene.

Ghetto

$975.00

This is an original handsigned woodblock print by Latvian-American artist Isac Friedlander. This work is titled: "Ghetto", it was created and printed in 1942. It is a very scarce image by this artist. It was created and printed in 1942. The image measures 9 3/4X10 7/8 inches. pencil signed titled and dated in the lower margin. This image was printed in an edition of only 26 signed proofs.. Isac Friedlander was born in 1890 in Mitau, Latvia. Those were difficult days for a captive people under the czarist yoke, but it was not long before young Isac’s assertive spirit emerged. At sixteen he was arrested and condemned to death, along with several of his classmates, for protesting compulsory uniforms and weekend curfews. His classmates were shot but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

Fortunately, Friedlander’s skills in drawing and the portraits he did of his prison guards and their children came to the attention of a local functionary, who took an interest in him. In four years he was released. The war years of the 1940’s found him deeply troubled in spirit by the reports of sufferings and persecution of his people throughout Nazi-dominated Europe. Having experienced first hand in his youth the depth of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man, he now produced his heart-rending and powerful prints of the holocaust.

Friedlander’s woodcuts, wood engravings, and etchings are powerful expressions of the human condition. Death took him in 1968, but not before his spirit found renewed expression in his masterful prints of life among America’s urban blacks as the winds of social change were gathering to redress the wrongs of generations.

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