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Mutter mit Kind (Mother and Child) -  LAAGE

Mutter mit Kind (Mother and Child)
WILHELM LAAGE
German, (1868-1930)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1908, Hagenlocher 83 (ii/II), edition unknown. 13 3/4 x 10 1/16 in. Initialed and dated in the block. Signed, dated and dedicated in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on cream VAN GELDER watermarked paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from just a faint suggestion of light toning within an earlier mat opening. Laage was born in Hamburg and began his printmaking career in 1896. He lived in Paris for many months beginning in 1900 and participated in exhibitions in Vienna and Dresden. He became friendly with Kandinsky, Hans Neumann and Karl Hofer as they exhibited together. Gustave Schiefler published the first catalogue of his woodcuts in 1912 and an article was written about Laage by ER Weiss for Ver Sacrum. Laage is best know for his woodcuts and they range from decidedly expressionist in style to a more realistic approach tinged with stoicism, as seen here. This large, impressive woodcut is one of his most captivating works.
$1,800

Le Bal Bullier -  LABOUREUR

Le Bal Bullier
JEAN-EMILE LABOUREUR
French, (1877-1943)
Woodcut, 1898, Laboureur 579, edition 61. 8 3/4 x 11 3/8 in. Signed in the block, lower left, with his monogram. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a very fine impression printed on laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent other than for a tiny repaired tear in the lower margin. This stellar woodcut was exhibited at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in the spring of 1898. It's illustrated and discussed on page 139 of The Artistic Revival of the Woodcut in France 1850-1900 (1984) by Jacquelyn Baas and Richard Field. Bal Bullier was a ballroom in Paris created by François Bullier in the mid 19th century and it was open until 1940. (Note: the catalogue states an edition of sixty-one impressions but all the numbering we have seen is from an edition of sixty, as here.)
SOLD

Exhibition Announcement -  LAZZELL

Exhibition Announcement
BLANCHE LAZZELL
American, (1878-1936)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1930, Shapiro/MFA 52, edition unknown. (image) 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (sheet) 10 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. This is a fine impression of this very rare print. The paper is a thin Japanese and the margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a small, barely visible 1/2" tear at the top edge at left and another tiny split at the bottom. This endearing Provincetown image captures the essence of what was happening in this New England artists community during the 1920s and 1930s. The sheet was first printed (or applied by hand) with this vibrant background color and then the image and text were printed, possibly from two separate blocks. This charming print is illustrated on page one of "From Paris to Provincetown: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut (2002).
$5,500

Haymaking:  June -  LEIGHTON

Haymaking: June
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1933, BPL 212, edition 60. 8 1/16 x 10 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, early impression printed on cream Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine other than for a modest old stain in the upper margin edge away from the image. This rich impression is from the Farmer's year series. It's numbered in Roman numerals therefore it's from the British edition of 30.
SOLD

Landing -  LEIGHTON

Landing
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1931, Boston PublicLibrary 195, edition 130. 8 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This work is among Leighton's best known works called the Lumber Camp series. Six images were done in an edition of 30 for the UK and 100 for the US. These prints were based on her trip to the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec, Canada.
$3,800

Cod Fishing -  LEIGHTON

Cod Fishing
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1949-50, BPL 613, edition 50. 9 1/2 in. in diameter. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a very good impression printed on thin Japan paper. The margins are full. Very good condition apart from a trace of an old adhesive along the outer left margin edge, verso. This is one of Leighton's twelve woodcut designs for New England industries which were also made into Wedgewood plates.
SOLD

Apple Picking:  September -  LEIGHTON

Apple Picking: September
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1933, Boston Public Library 209, edition 60. 8 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine early impression from the British edition of 30, numbered in Roman numerals. (30 impressions for the American market were numbered in Arabic.) Printed on a fine cream Japanese paper, the margins are full. The condition is fine other than for small old hinges at the top corners, verso, and a small ripple in the lower margin at left. This stellar image is from the Farmer's Year series.
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To the Milking:  July -  LEIGHTON

To the Milking: July
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1933, BPL 218, edition 60. 8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. Here we have a fine, early impression printed on thin cream Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine other then for a tiny hinge remnant on the lower right corner of the sheet, recto. There's a tiny speck in the sky area which appears to be inherent to the paper. This print is from the Farmer's year series and from the British edition of 30 signed in Roman numerals.
$2,500

Limbing -  LEIGHTON

Limbing
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1931, BPL 191,edition 130. 8 5/8 x 12 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full. This work is numbered from the American edition of 100. There was an additional edition of 30 for the British market. This print is from the Lumber Camp series which was based on a trip to the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec, Canada.
$3,800

Waiting for the Breeze -  LEMOS

Waiting for the Breeze
PEDRO JOSEPH DE LEMOS
American, (1882-1954)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, Edwards 29b, edition unknown. 8 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is very good apart from a soft wrinkle in the lower right corner of the margin. Lemos' work is illustrated and discussed in A Spectrum of Innovation, Color in American Printmaking 1890-1940, by David Acton (1990), see pages 94-95. A leading exponent of the the California arts and crafts movement, Lemos had a major retrospective at the Monterey Museum of Art in 2015 accompanied by a catalogue by Robert W. Edwards.
$4,000

La Cathédrale de Rouen -  LEPERE

La Cathédrale de Rouen
AUGUSTE LEPERE
French, (1849-1918)
Wood engraving, 1888, Lotz-Brissonneau 177 (iii/III), edition 50. 20 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and titled in the block, lower right. ("Rouen...A. Lepere del. sc.") Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on a very thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and the condition is fine. This masterpiece of wood engraving is one of Lepere's finest cathedral studies. A similar impression, also from the edition of 50, is in the Art Institute of Chicago.
$2,750

Ecce Homo -  MASEREEL

Ecce Homo
FRANS MASEREEL
Belgian, (1889-1972)
Woodcut, 1927, Vorms / von der Gabelentz 49, edition 22. 15 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. Initialed and dated in the block. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression of this rare early work, printed on cream wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is excellent apart from minor handling marks in the outer margins only. (The printed surface is pristine.) Masereel was one of the preeminent Belgian expressionist printmakers. He was prolific and most of his prints were small and published in books. Large, early, pencil signed works such as this are very hard to find today.
$3,800

Merry-go-Round, Paris -  MCMILLEN

Merry-go-Round, Paris
MILDRED MCMILLEN
American, (1884-circa 1940)
Woodcut, 1914, small edition. 9 1/4 x 10 3/4 in. Signed and dated on the original support sheet, lower right. A brilliant impression on china paper. Trimmed along the borderline as originally designed. Fine condition. This stunning, early print was done the year before the artist moved to Provincetown, MA. McMillen, who worked exclusively in black and white, is included in From Paris to Provincetown: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut (2002) by Barbara Stern Shapiro.
SOLD

Don Juan -  MEES

Don Juan
FOKKO MEES
Dutch, (1887-1968)
Wood engraving, 1930s, edition 30. 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. Signed in the block and signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition with full margins. A very American-like image by Mees. He excelled in blockprints in both large and small formats.
$500

Arata's Scheme -  MONSON

Arata's Scheme
JIM MONSON
American, (b. 1943)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1992, edition 75. 211/4 x 17 1/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Misumi Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. The artist began studying with Lasansky at the University of Iowa in 1965. In 1969, he moved to Paris and joined S.W. Hayter at his Atelier 17. He was working there from 1970 to 1973. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Carleton College, the College of the Holy Cross and others. Since 1985, he's been living and working in France where he continues to explore the reduction woodcut technique with great success.
$650

Uccello's Ring -  MONSON

Uccello's Ring
JIM MONSON
American, (b. 1943)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1994, edition 80. 16 7/8 x 20 3/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Misumi Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine.
$650

Venezia -  MONSON

Venezia
JIM MONSON
American, (b. 1943)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1998, edition 80. 16 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Misumi Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. The artist describes his work in the reduction woodcut medium as follows, "Color reduction printing is a gradual process of removing already printed areas of color; these zones will remain in their desired color and keep their intensity. The transition from warm colors to cool colors is made by printing multiple layers of opaque white ink (considered as a blockout). The entire edition is printed after each change of color nuance and when the process comes to an end, the printing surface has virtually disappeared to the point of becoming totally unusable."
$650

Candide -  MONSON

Candide
JIM MONSON
American, (b. 1943)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1999, edition 75. 16 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is also fine.
$650

The Witches Fire -  MOONY

The Witches Fire
ROBERT J. ENRAGHT MOONY
Irish, (1879-1946)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, small edition. 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. Signed, dated, titled and numbered "6" in pencil from an unknown edition. This is a superb impression with full but typically narrow margins. The condition is very good other than thin paper attached on all sides around the margin edges which we feel has been there from early on. Moony produced wonderful color woodcuts which relate to children's tales set in picturesque landscapes. More research needs to be done on this fascinating artist.
$1,200

An Old Story -  MOONY

An Old Story
ROBERT J. ENRAGHT MOONY
Irish, (1879-1946)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, edition unknown but certainly small. 8 x 9 1/2 in. Signed, dated, titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with dynamic, rich colors. The margins are modest but this is the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine. This impression is numbered "9" in pencil. This delightful print by this Irish artist has a distinctive arts and crafts flavor. His work often depicts these picturesque fairy tale settings with children at play. He was born in Doone, Althlone, and studied at Kingsley College, Devon. In Paris he studied with Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant.
SOLD

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