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Street Singers -  WADSWORTH

Street Singers
British, (1889-1949)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1914, Colnaghi 107, Greenwood W/D 10; from a very small edition. 5 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. Unsigned as usual. This is a superb impression of this extremely rare print. The margins are most likely full with the sheet measuring 7 x 5 3/8 in. The condition is fine other than for subtle pressure marks below the image which we've seen in another impression. This is the quintessential British Vorticist image and in the words of Cliff Ackley, "Brief as it was, Vorticism was the first radically modern, inherently abstract British art movement. Not until the 1930s, with the work of artists suck as Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore, would pure abstraction again take the lead." (See page 20 of Rhythms of Modern Life, British Prints 1914-1939 (2008). Wadsworth went to Munich in 1906 to study engineering and there he attended the Knirr School of Art and learned how to make woodcuts. When he returned to England he studied at the Slade School and Bradford School of Art and became friends with Roger Fry and Percy Wyndham Lewis. He contributed to the Vorticist manifesto "Blast" and exhibited in the 1915 Vorticist Group exhibition. This iconic work appears in several books on the subject of modern British printmaking. Provenance: Scolar Fine Art, London.

A Midnight Dreary -  WATSON

A Midnight Dreary
American, (1884-1969)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1943, edition 200. 6 3/8 x 8 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Here we have a fine impression printed on thin Japan paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This work was published by the Woodcut Society of Kansas City and we are including the original folder in which it was presented. The artist maintained a summer home in Monterey, MA.

The Chess Players -  WIEGERS

The Chess Players
Dutch, (1893-1959)
Woodcut, circa 1925, edition unknown. 19 1/4 x 15 1/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on fairly thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and the condition is good. This large woodcut is illustrated on page 131 of the 2002 Groninger Museum retrospective catalog of Wiegers work, "De Ceremoniemeester Heeft Het Spel Laten Beginnen." This is a later printing from the block, probably done in the 1950s.

Staalstraat, Amsterdam -  WOUTERS

Staalstraat, Amsterdam
Dutch, (1887-1957)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1932, edition unknown. 15 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. Signed lower right with a printed signature, "Wilm Wouters del. et sc." This is a fine impression in very good condition. (There's a soft crease in the lower margin.) This is a published state of a print probably produced as a series of charming views of the city of Amsterdam. (Vereeniging van Beeldende Kunsten 1932)

The Pageant of April -  WRINCH

The Pageant of April
Canadian, (1877-1969)
Linoleum cut printed in colors, 1933, Durham Art gallery page 22, edition unknown. 12 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression. The condition is very good apart from a repaired tear in the upper left corner margin, apart from the image. Wrinch is one of Canada's finest block print artists but she is not as well known as Walter Phillips, especially here in the U.S. She was born in England and moved to Ontario in 1885. She studied with G.A. Reid at the Ontario College of Art and they later became husband and wife. Wrinch began as a painter and began making linoleum cuts around 1928. Ultimately, she became best known for her prints and produced around forty different images. Florals and landscapes were her subjects and they were printed from multiple blocks in small editions, perhaps ten or twenty impressions. Her work has a distinctive arts and crafts look based on great design, color and execution. We are actively seeking to acquire her work and we hope to present more of her prints in the future.

Provincetown Houses -  ZORACH

Provincetown Houses
American, (1887-1966)
Linoleum cut on thin japan paper, circa 1916, very small edition. 5 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition. Wide if not full margins. Zorach studied in Paris in 1910-11 and later spent several summers in Provincetown, MA. There he produced a small number of powerful, modernist blockprints and the editions printed were quite small.

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