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DuneRoses (Duinrozen) -  VAN GELDER

DuneRoses (Duinrozen)
DIRK VAN GELDER
Dutch, (1907-1990)
Wood engraving, 1939, Adam/Eliens/van den Noort-van Gelder H167; edition 40. 4 1/8 x 5 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. The artist was particularly fond of flowers as they appear in his lithographs, etchings and wood engravings. Nature was van Gelder's main source of inspiration.
$400

Lush green vegetation (Garden with Birds) -  VAN GELDER

Lush green vegetation (Garden with Birds)
DIRK VAN GELDER
Dutch, (1907-1990)
Wood engraving, 1943, Adam/Eliens/van den Noort-van Gelder H170; small edition. 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. Initialed in the block and initialed in pencil. This a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This exquisite wood engraving by van Gelder was inspired by a Brussels tapestry from circa 1550 by Willem de Pannemaker (active 1535-1578).
$400

Le Garde-Champetre -  VAN STRATEN

Le Garde-Champetre
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Woodcut, 1937, Raskin 106; edition 65. 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the block and signed in pencil. This is a fine, dark impression on Japanese paper. Wide margins. Van Straten studied in Antwerp and was influenced by Masereel and Dufy. He's one of the preeminent Belgian expressionist printmakers from the 1930s.
$2,000

The Navigator (De Zeevaarder) -  VAN STRATEN

The Navigator (De Zeevaarder)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Linoleum cut, 1931, Raskin 79, edition 25. 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression on thick, fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good. This is an artist's proof apart from the edition of 25. The block for this print and two working drawings are in the Prentenkabinet, Antwerp.
$3,000

Early Mother Russia (La Petite Mere Russie) -  VAN STRATEN

Early Mother Russia (La Petite Mere Russie)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Linoleum cut, 1926, Raskin 74; edition 50. 10 3/4 x 8 5/8 in. Initialed in the block with the monogram and signed in pencil,lower right. This is a fine impression on cream wove paper in excellent condition. The margins are full. This impression was issued in La Gravure Originale Belge, Volume 3, 1929, in an edition of 50 impressions. There was also a separate edition of ten impressions. Van Straten, like Masereel, was a social commentator and many of his prints reflect upon the political and social environment between the wars.
$2,000

La Tentation de Saint-Antoine (The Temptation of Saint Anthony) -  VAN STRATEN

La Tentation de Saint-Antoine (The Temptation of Saint Anthony)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Suite of eight linocuts, 1921, Raskin page 120, edition 220. Each print measures about 8 x 4 1/2 in. Each print is signed in pencil with the artist's initials. The impressions are all fine and the condition is excellent. This early, expressionist effort by van Straten shows the influence of German printmaking as well as the work of Frans Masereel. This fine set was published by Lumiere, Antwerp. Provenance: private collection, Antwerp.
$2,000

La Dormeuse (The Sleeper) -  VAN STRATEN

La Dormeuse (The Sleeper)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Suite of seven linocuts, 1921, Raskin page 122, edition 220. Each print measures about 6 x 5 in. Signed on the title page in pencil. These are fine impressions in fine condition with full margins. Inspired by the poem "The Sleeper" by Edgar Allen Poe (1831), La Dormeuse was one of van Straten's early block books and this particular effort won him the Lumière graphic art prize. Provenance: private collection, Antwerp.
$1,800

Nuremberg, Germany -  VELDHEER

Nuremberg, Germany
JACOBUS G. VELDHEER
Dutch, (1866-1954)
Wood engraving, circa 1900-10, edition unknown. 12 5/8 x 7 in. Signed in the block and signed in pencil. A fine impression in very good condition. The margins are wide and probably full. (There's a very faint suggestion of foxing here and there.) Published by S.L. van Looy, Amsterdam. Veldheer produced a series of highly detailed wood engravings based on his German travels.
$500

Portrait of Theo van Hoytema -  VELDHEER

Portrait of Theo van Hoytema
JACOBUS G. VELDHEER
Dutch, (1866-1954)
Wood engraving (woodcut?), circa 1913, small edition. 6 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. Signed in pencil and also inscribed "proefdruk." This is a fine impression of an uncommon print. This is the full, untrimmed sheet with a deckle edge all around. The condition is fine other than minor paper imperfections, one in the blank area at left, and an old fold in the lower margin. This important portrait is illustrated on page 16 of Theo van Hoytema 1863-1917, the 1999 exhibition catalogue for the Drents Museum/Gemeentemuseum show about the artist. An impression of this work is located in the Rijksmuseum collection.
$900

Pike or Sturgeon -  VELDHEER

Pike or Sturgeon
JACOBUS G. VELDHEER
Dutch, (1866-1954)
Woodcut printed in blue, circa 1915, edition unknown 11 3/4 x 15 1/2 in. Signed in pencil. This is a very good impression of this rare print. This is a thin Japanese paper and the margins are full. The condition is very good other than for minor marginal discoloration and traces of the blue ink in the margins. This work exists in color variations.
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Flamingos -  VERSTIJNEN

Flamingos
HENRI VERSTIJNEN
Dutch, (1882-1940)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1931, edition unknown. 19 3/8 x 13 5/8 in. Initialed in the block and signed and titled in pencil. A superb impression of this rare print. The margins are wide and the condition is fine. (There's a small repair to the upper right margin corner.) Verstijnen started out as a glass and ceramic designer in Gouda and then Maastricht. He later established himself in the Hague (1918) at the Pulchri Studio and with "Haagse Kunstkring" and specialized in printmaking and paintings of floral and animal subjects. An important retrospective exhibition was held in 2006-07 at the Drents Museum and also at the Museum Mestag, both in Holland. His large woodcuts are exceptional and also quite rare. Flamingos was printed from four blocks and is so inscribed.
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Silver Heron with Lotus (Zilverreiger met Lotus) -  VERSTIJNEN

Silver Heron with Lotus (Zilverreiger met Lotus)
HENRI VERSTIJNEN
Dutch, (1882-1940)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1931, edition unknown. 19 3/4 x 14 1/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good. (There are traces of old hinges at the four margin corners.) Verstijnen started out as a glass and ceramic designer in Gouda and then Maastricht. He later established himself in the Hague (1918) at the Pulchri Studio and with "Haagse Kunstkring" and specialized in printmaking and paintings of floral and animal subjects. An important retrospective exhibition was held in 2006-07 at the Drents Museum and also at the Museum Mestag, both in Holland. His large woodcuts are exceptional and also quite rare. The Silver Heron was printed from four blocks and is so inscribed.
$1,750

Maisons à Martigues (Houses in Martigues) -  VLAMINCK

Maisons à Martigues (Houses in Martigues)
MAURICE DE VLAMINCK
French, (1876-1958)
Woodcut, 1914, Walterskirchen 15b, edition 30. 9 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. THis is a fine impression printed on VAN GELDER paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. The edition was printed by Paul Birault, Paris, and the print was published by Henri Kahnweiler also in Paris. Vlaminck excelled as a woodcut artist and this work can be considered one of his best. Martigues is a commune northwest of Marseilles.
$2,800

Brothel Scene -  WARD

Brothel Scene
LYND WARD
American, (1905-1985)
Wood engraving, 1929, edition unknown. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good other than for two soft creases in the lower right corner; one touching the image. This engaging print is an illustration for Madman's Drum, one of Ward's novels without words, this one published in 1930.
$450

Large Primitive Head in Profile -  WEBER

Large Primitive Head in Profile
MAX WEBER
American, (1881-1961)
Linocut printed with unique color inking, 1920-21, Rubenstein 33, edition unknown. 7 3/4 x 3 3/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb, uniquely colored impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins appear to be full and there's a number "32" in pencil in the lower left corner. The condition is fine. There are three impressions of this image in the National Gallery; two in brown ink and another is a color variation from the Rosenwald Collection. Weber studied with Arthur W. Dow at the Pratt Institute early on and later in Paris with Matisse. He was impressed with the work of Cezanne. Weber was friendly with William Zorach from their Greenwich Village days and could have been influenced by his printmaking technique. This is an exceptional and rare example of Weber's color woodcut style.
SOLD

The Chess Players -  WIEGERS

The Chess Players
JAN WIEGERS
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.
$2,000

The House of Ernst Kirchner in Davos, Switzerland (Het Huis van Ernst Kirchner in Davos, Switzerland) -  WIEGERS

The House of Ernst Kirchner in Davos, Switzerland (Het Huis van Ernst Kirchner in Davos, Switzerland)
JAN WIEGERS
Dutch, (1893-1959)
Woodcut, 1920-24, edition unknown. 12 x 11 1/2 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression of this rare print. The paper is a thin Japanese and the margins are probably full. The condition is fine apart from very tiny specks of foxing showing primarily in the margins. Wiegers traveled to Davos in 1920 to undergo treatment for pneumonia. The artist and his family later moved into a farmhouse on Langmatt, a mountain slope. Shortly thereafter he met Kirchner who lived very close by. They soon began to work together almost daily and both artists were inspired by the beauty of the surrounding mountainous landscape. This is clearly one of Wiegers' finest woodcuts and it epitomizes the connection between the two artists. Early impressions of this print are very hard to come by and this one was printed a little later, probably in the 1940s. This print is illustrated on page 50 of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends, edited by Beat Stutzer, Samuel Vitali, et al. (2007) and on page 94 of De Ploeg 1918-1930 by Adriaan Venema, (1978).
$2,750

Landscape (Landschap) -  WIEGERS

Landscape (Landschap)
JAN WIEGERS
Dutch, (1893-1959)
Woodcut, 1923, edition unknown. 10 1/2 x 15 3/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on light cream wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's a slight line from an old mat around the image.) This outstanding print exemplifies the German artistic influence on Wiegers during the 1920s and beyond. He spent time in Davos, Switzerland in 1920-21 and his neighbor was Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. They worked together and became good friends. After returning to Groningen, Wiegers's work flourished in this expressionist style and the movement became known as de Ploeg (the Plow). Other Dutch artists followed in this path including Jan Altink, Johan Dijkstra, Jan van der Zee among others. Works from this early period are rare and few impressions were printed to begin with. (There's pencil writing in the lower left corner probably reading "2ep/6" which could well represent the printing. This impression was possibly printed a little later during the 1930s-1940s.
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Staalstraat, Amsterdam -  WOUTERS

Staalstraat, Amsterdam
WILM WOUTERS
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)
$550

Provincetown Houses -  ZORACH

Provincetown Houses
WILLIAM ZORACH
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.
SOLD

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