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Dance of Death in Seven Tempos (Dood- Dans in Zeven Tempos) -  EEKMAN

Dance of Death in Seven Tempos (Dood- Dans in Zeven Tempos)
NICOLAS (NICO) EEKMAN
Belgian, (1889-1973)
Woodcuts, 1924, edition 200. each woodcut 10 3/4 x 6. Signed in red ink with the artist's monogram on the left and signed in pencil, lower right. This set of seven woodcuts (plus title page) consists of fine, uniform impressions in very good condition. The margins are full as issued. This masterful Belgian expressionist work is printed on one sheet of Toshi paper and presented in an accordian fold, with the original presentation wrapper. Eekman was born in Brussels and settled in Paris in 1920. He exhibited widely in Europe and was quite friendly with Mondrian and Signac. He was very active as a painter and woodblock artist and also showed his prints in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago. (There's a wonderful web site which has been organized by the artist's daughter, Luce: nicolaseekman.com.) As seen in the work of Henri van Straten, Victor Delhez and Nicolas Eekman, among others, a macabre and thoroughly captivating sense of humor often pervades Belgian aesthetics during the 1920s and 1930s. James Ensor is best known and certainly an early inspiration, but there were many other printmakers whose work stands out. This is particulary evident in the woodcut medium and Eekman's version of "danse macabre" is exemplary.
$1,750

Man Planting in a Garden -  EEKMAN

Man Planting in a Garden
NICOLAS (NICO) EEKMAN
Belgian, (1889-1973)
Woodcut, 1920s, edition 96. 7 7/8 x 8 3/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. Also, this impression has the artist's red ink monogram in the lower left corner. Here we have a superb, rich impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins appear to be full. The condition is very good other than traces of old adhesive in the four margin corners, verso, from an early mount.
$700

Salinas River - California -  FLETCHER

Salinas River - California
FRANK MORLEY FLETCHER
British/American, (1866-1949)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1927-28, edition 100. 12 3/4 x 16 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is good. (There are three small areas touched in with gouache(?), almost certainly by the artist, and faint traces of soiling in the water.) The importance of Fletcher both in England and later in America cannot be overstated. His seminal publication, Wood-Block Printing, published in 1916, had a lasting impact on many printmakers who explored the color woodcut medium. He came to America in 1923 and settled in Santa Barbara where he taught at the Santa Barbara School of Art. He became a naturalized citizen in 1926. This large print is an iconic arts and crafts California woodcut.
$8,500

Via Appia I -  FRANK

Via Appia I
HANS FRANK
Austrian, (1884-1948)
Woodcut printed in colors on thin Japanese paper, 1929, edition unknown. 11 3/8 x 15 1/4 in. Signed and dated in pencil. A fine impression with full margins. Fine condition. Faint trace of a printing crease in upper right side. Uncommon.
$750

Working the Fields -  FRANK

Working the Fields
LEO FRANK
Austrian, (1884-1959)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1930, edition unknown but probably fifty or fewer. 9 x 13 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. A fine, luminous impression printed on thin Japanese paper. Full margins. In very good condition apart from a paper imperfection or thin spot in the sky, not very noticeable.
$750

Along the Nile -  FRANK

Along the Nile
LEO FRANK
Austrian, (1884-1959)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, edition unknown but probably about 100. 9 1/8 x 11 in. Signed in pencil. This fine impression on thin Japanese paper is inscribed "No.82." The margins are wide and the condition is fine. This wonderful print combines just the right paper with subtle colors and inking to produce a dramatic vista.
$800

Mondsee (Austria) -  FRANK

Mondsee (Austria)
HANS FRANK
Austrian, (1884-1948)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1935, edition unknown. 13 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins appear to be full. The condition is excellent. Here we have a large and exemplary work by Frank which shows a scene near Salzburg. This impression is from the celebrated collection of Robert O. Muller from Connecticut.
$800

Spinning Wheel -  GAG

Spinning Wheel
WANDA GAG
American, (1893-1946)
Wood engraving, 1928, Winnan 57 (iii/III), edition 100. 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression on light cream wove paper with substantial margins (possibly full). The condition is fine. This impression is from the signed edition of 100 printed by the Spiral Press. There was an additional unsigned edition of 2,000 on card stock for a Weyhe Gallery invitation to a show of Gag's work.
$700

Airtight Stove -  GAG

Airtight Stove
WANDA GAG
American, (1893-1946)
Wood engraving, 1927-1933, Winnans 49 (ix/IX), edition 250. 4 7/8 x 3 5/8 in. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. The edition was printed in 1934 by the International Print Guild for distribution to their membership. In the lower right corner, there's a vague outline of a cat's face.
$1,000

Eucalyptus Grove and Stream -  GEARHART

Eucalyptus Grove and Stream
FRANCES GEARHART
American, (1869-1959)
Block print printed in colors, circa 1930, edition probably 30-50. 6 1/2 x 3 5/8 in. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression printed on her typical sturdy, fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine other than for a very faint suggestion of light toning just outside the image within an early mat opening. This small, charming work is not listed in the Pasadena retrospective catalogue from 2009.
$2,650

A Stark Country -  GEARHART

A Stark Country
FRANCES GEARHART
American, (1869-1959)
Block print printed in colors, 1937, Pasadena catalogue pg. 104, edition probably 30-50. 11 x 11 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on her typical fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a thin spot in the upper left corner of the margin away from the image. This large, majestic print is one of her finest works.
$10,000

October in Santa Fe -  HALL

October in Santa Fe
NORMA BASSETT HALL
American, (1890-1957)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1948, Patterson 86, edition probably 100. 9 7/8 x 8 in. Initialed in the block with the artist's monogram. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine. This outstanding southwestern image was published by the American Color Print Society in 1948. The artist used seven blocks to complete the image.
$3,500

Marigolds -  HALL

Marigolds
NORMA BASSETT HALL
American, (1890-1957)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1929, Patterson 41, edition 60. 8 x 6 15/16 in. Initialed in the block with the artist's monogram. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with fresh colors. The paper is a thin Japanese. The condition is very good apart from a small tear and associated wrinkle in the lower right corner margin and the print is attached to a support sheet at the two top corners. This was certainly done early on. (There's an extremely faint suggestion of toning within an early mat opening.) According to the catalogue, this edition was probably never completed.
SOLD

Dancer -  HEIJSE

Dancer
JAN HEIJSE
Dutch, (1882-1954)
Woodcut, undated (probably about 1930), editon unknown. 7 7/8 x 4 1/4 in. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression printed on fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There are two original brown paper hinges at the top corners of the margins, away from the image.) Heijse lived and worked in Middelburg and Amsterdam. He was a student of C. J. W. Nuijs and studied at the Rijksakademie. He also took lessons from Jan Toorop. Heijse was known as a painter and illustrator and his woodcuts are quite well done with a flair for compelling design.
$450

A Mexican Coquette -  HYDE

A Mexican Coquette
HELEN HYDE
American, (1868-1919)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1912, Mason 95, edition unknown. 10 1/4 in. in diameter. Signed and dated in the block, left side. Signed and numbered in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression on thin Japanese paper. The margins are probably full and the condition is fine. This print is illustrated and discussed in A Spectrum of Innovation, Color in American Printmaking 1890-1960 (1990) by David Acton, pages 62-63. It's also illustrated on page 106 of Japonism comes to America (1990) by Julia Meech and Gabriel Weisberg.
SOLD

The Church Tower -  INGLES

The Church Tower
GEORGE S. INGLES
British, (1874-1940(?))
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (probably 1920s), edition 100. 12 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This a a fine, beautifully-inked impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Ingles studied at the Royal College of Art in London. In the tradition of Fletcher, Seaby, Platt and others, Ingles produced a number of well-crafted woodcuts in an arts and crafts style.
$550

La Personne Récompensée -  JESPERS

La Personne Récompensée
FLORIS JESPERS
Belgian, (1889-1965)
Linocut, 1919, Buyck 204f, edition unknown but probably 50 or fewer. 23 1/2 x 12 3/8 in. Bearing an ink signature and dated lower left "5/9/19." This large and remarkable linocut was published in the portfolio "Six Linos" (1919). Jespers produced these works early in his career and they are quite rare. A fine impression with full margins. Mounted to a support sheet. Printed on thin wove paper. Minor tears with just one touching the image at top. Jespers has been the subject of several retrospectives including a 1989 show at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp. This print is beautifully framed.
SOLD

La Sardinerie (Les Sables-d'Olonne) -  JOYAU

La Sardinerie (Les Sables-d'Olonne)
AMEDEE JOYAU
French, (1872-1913)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1905-06, Curtis 57, edition 50. 10 15/16 x 7 3/4 in. Signed in ink in the lower left. Signed with a monogram in the block, lower right. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good apart from very faint toning within an earlier mat opening. Joyau produced some wonderful woodcuts of his native France and he was influenced by the better known Henri Rivière. He was an etcher and painter and made about fifty woodcuts during his short career. Joyau saw an exhibition of Japanese woodcuts in about 1894 which proved to be an ongoing inspiration. He exhibited his woodcuts with the Société de la Gravure sur Bois (S.G.B.O.) and spent much of his time in Fontainbleau which provided a rich source of subject matter for his work. Les Sables-d'Olonne, the location for this print, is a seaside resort and fishing community on the coast of western France.
$1,600

Girl on Cliff -  KENT

Girl on Cliff
ROCKWELL KENT
American, (1881-1940)
Wood engraving, 1930, Burne Jones / Rightmire 57, edition 1,750. 6 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with wide margins. The condition is excellent. The edition was printed for the Literary Guild of America and the artist retained fifty impressions for himself.
$1,800

Home Port -  KENT

Home Port
ROCKWELL KENT
American, (1881-1940)
Wood engraving, 1931, Burne-Jones 62, edition 150. 6 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is fine apart from a soft wrinkle or paper imperfection in the right side of the margin, an inch away from the image. The cancelled block is in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
$4,500

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