20th Century American Prints

Black Ducks No. 2

$725.00

A rare working proof by American sporting artist Frank Benson, this etching measures 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches, published in 1922, cat: Ordeman-165, proof C-2, pencil signed below the image, titled "Black Ducks No 2" and inscribed "C-2" in the lower margin. 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.

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.

Christmas Trees

$725.00

This is an original etching by Connecticut artist Kerr Eby. This image is titled: "Christmas Trees", it was created and printed in 1940 and has the "imp" after the artists pencil signature which means that he personally printed this proof in his studio. The image measures 9 1/4X12 3/4 inches in an edition of 100. Eby was known to experiment with various printing effects, in this image he left a skim coat of ink in the sky to show the atmosphere and depth of the space. A beautiful work, a true depiction of life in New England.

Rocks, Eastport

$725.00

This early lithograph by the American artist Stow Wengenroth measures 8 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches, pencil signed, 1931, in and edition of 75, cat: BPL-4. Wengenroth 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.

Fort Point Light, New Castle, New Hampshire

$725.00

Original lithograph by American artist Stow Wengenroth. This work is titled: "Fort Point Light, New Castle, New Hampshire", this work was created and printed in 1961 in an edition of 50 signed proofs.
The image measures 10 7/8X15 7/8 inches. Hand signed and editioned in pencil by the artist. Beautiful condition. This image appears in the BPL catalog as image number 271.

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.

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.

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