American Prints

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Yellowlegs in Sunlight -  BENSON

Yellowlegs in Sunlight
FRANK BENSON
American, (1862-1951)
Drypoint, 1928, Paff 285, edition 150. 9 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. Initialed and dated in the plate. Signed in pencil, lower left. This is a superb impression rich with burr. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's an ever so slight suggestion of toning within an early mat opening.) This beautiful print shows Benson as a master of the drypoint medium. He was a gifted watercolorist and this print displays the painterly characteristics of a Japanese brush painting.
SOLD

The Sheldrake's Brood -  BENSON

The Sheldrake's Brood
FRANK BENSON
American, (1862-1951)
Drypoint, 1926, Paff 258, edition 150. 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 in. Initialed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on J WHATMAN watermarked paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a very faint suggestion of toning within an earlier mat opening.
$800

November Moon -  BENSON

November Moon
FRANK BENSON
American, (1862-1951)
Etching and aquatint, 1931, Ordeman 316, Paff 316; edition 150. 10 x 8 in. Signed in pencil. this is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This is a beautifully designed print and shows Benson's remarkable talents as a graphic artist. He enjoyed making prints as much as working in oil painting and watercolor.
$2,300

Yellowlegs No. 4 -  BENSON

Yellowlegs No. 4
FRANK BENSON
American, (1862-1951)
Drypoint, 1928, Paff 284, Ordeman 284; edition possibly 150. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent apart from traces of old hinges at the two top corners. There are five trial proofs and the total edition is not listed in Paff. Ordeman suggests and edition of 150 but this is not a common print.
SOLD

Plodding Home -  BENSON

Plodding Home
FRANK BENSON
American, (1862-1951)
Etching, 1924, Paff 234, Ordeman 234; edition 150. 2 3/4 x 2 in. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression printed on a light cream paper. The margins are substantial. The condition is fine. This small but beautifully rendered print is in demand by sporting collectors.
$1,000

Two Black Ducks -  BENSON

Two Black Ducks
FRANK BENSON
American, (1862-1951)
Drypoint, 1930, Ordeman 295, Paff 295; edition 150. 14 7/8 x 12 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression of this large work. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This work represents Benson at his best with the drypoint medium.
SOLD

Planting -  BENTON

Planting
THOMAS HART BENTON
American, (1889-1975)
Lithograph, 1939, Fath 28, edition 250. 9 7/8 x 12 5/8 in. Signed on the stone, lower right. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. (This print came in the original AAA mat with the original hinges at the top corners.) The print is based on a drawing from 1938 done in southern Arkansas.
SOLD

Old Man Reading -  BENTON

Old Man Reading
THOMAS HART BENTON
American, (1889-1975)
Lithograph, 1941 , Fath 44, edition 250. 10 x 12 1/8 in. Signed on the stone and signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent.
SOLD

I Got a Gal on Sourwood Mountain -  BENTON

I Got a Gal on Sourwood Mountain
THOMAS HART BENTON
American, (1889-1975)
Lithograph, 1938, Fath 19, edition 250. 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. Signed on the stone, lower left. Signed in pencil. this is a fine impression with a GCM watermark. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This delightful lithograph relates to an oil painting called "Country Dance".
SOLD

The Woodpile (also titled Wood Cutter) -  BENTON

The Woodpile (also titled Wood Cutter)
THOMAS HART BENTON
American, (1889-1975)
Lithograph, 1939, Fath 31, edition 250. 8 3/4 x 11 in. Signed on the stone, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on white wove paper bearing a RIVES watermark. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Depicted here is a Missouri farmyard and the print was a study for a small painting.
SOLD

Lonesome Road -  BENTON

Lonesome Road
THOMAS HART BENTON
American, (1889-1975)
Lithograph, 1938, Fath 18, edition 250. 9 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. Signed on the stone and signed in pencil, lower right. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is also fine. This print was based on a painting done in 1927. In addition, there's a related drawing which Benton drew from a train window while he was traveling in Nebraska.
SOLD

Missouri Farmyard -  BENTON

Missouri Farmyard
THOMAS HART BENTON
American, (1889-1975)
Lithograph, 1936, Fath 10, edition 250. 10 1/4 x 16 in. Signed on the stone, lower right. Signed in pencil just below. This is a fine, rich impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This outstanding print relates to a section of the Missouri State Capitol Mural Series in Jefferson City.
SOLD

A Drink of Water -  BENTON

A Drink of Water
THOMAS HART BENTON
American, (1889-1975)
Lithograph, 1937, Fath 15, edition 250. 10 x 14 1/4 in. Signed on the stone and signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This early work was based on a drawing done in the Ozarks. A painting of this subject also exists.
SOLD

Down the River -  BENTON

Down the River
THOMAS HART BENTON
American, (1889-1975)
Lithograph, 1938, Fath 33, edition 250. 12 1/2 x 9 15/16 in. Signed on the stone, lower right. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is fine and the print came with the original AAA mat and label. The scene depicted is somewhere along the White River in the Ozarks. This print is also called the Young Fisherman.
SOLD

White Calf -  BENTON

White Calf
THOMAS HART BENTON
American, (1889-1975)
Lithograph, 1945, Fath 67, edition 250. 10 x 12 3/4 in. Signed on the stone, lower left. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with wide margins. The condition is excellent. This work was done at Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard. Impressions of this print are located at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Gallery of Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, among others.
SOLD

Sunday Morning -  BENTON

Sunday Morning
THOMAS HART BENTON
American, (1889-1975)
Lithograph, 1939, Fath 26, edition 250. 9 5/8 x 12 5/8 in. Signed on the stone, lower left. Signed in pencil. Here we have a superb impression printed on RIVES watermarked paper. The margins are untrimmed apart from a minor paper loss(?)to the lower left edge of the sheet. (This is quite possibly the full sheet as printed.) This beautiful print was based on a drawing done in 1938.
$3,600

Unemployed Marchers -  BIBEL

Unemployed Marchers
LEON BIBEL
American, (1913-1995)
Lithograph printed in black and gray, 1938-1988, edition 25. 11 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This fine impression has full margins. The condition is excellent. This WPA print was originally drawn on stone in 1938 and early impressions are not known. The artist published the work in 1988 in an edition of 25. Bibel was working in New York when this great image was first created.
$1,500

Chicken and Pulque (Pollo y Pulque) -  BIDDLE

Chicken and Pulque (Pollo y Pulque)
GEORGE BIDDLE
American, (1885-1973)
Transfer lithograph, 1928, Pennigar 89, Trotter 55; edition 50. 12 x 12 in. Signed, numbered and dated in pencil. This is a fine impression with wide margins. The condition is fine. This is from Biddle's Mexican Series. Pulque is a beer-like agave drink which predates the arrival of the Spanish by at least 1,500 years. In 1928 Biddle accompanied Diego Rivera on a sketching trip around Mexico.
SOLD

The Seed -  BIGGERS

The Seed
JOHN BIGGERS
African American, (1924-2001)
Lithograph, 1983, edition 100. 17 1/8 x 23 in. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on ARCHES watermarked paper. The margins are full with a deckle edge on all four sides. The condition is fine apart from a very small stain in the upper margin, center, and an old adhesive along the top edge of the sheet, verso. Biggers studied at the Hampton Institute with Elizabeth Catlett and Charles White. He also got to know Hale Woodruff around this time. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he studied at Penn State and with a masters and PhD in hand, he moved to Houston where he served as founder and chairman of Texas State (now Texas Southern) University's art department. He was there until 1983, the year of this print. Biggers was one of the first African American artists to visit Africa and he did so with a UNESCO fellowship to study West African cultural traditions. His worked was heavily influenced by his visits to Africa as he returned several times. In addition to his prints and drawings, Biggers was a gifted painter and his murals are found primarily in the Houston area. In fact, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts hosted a major retrospective of the artist's work in 1995 which traveled to several cities. This large, dynamic lithograph is beautifully drawn and the influence of his many trips to Africa is clearly evident.
SOLD

The Preview -  BLASHKO

The Preview
ABE BLASHKO
American, (1920-2011)
Lithograph, 1939, edition 35. 16 3/4 x 11 in. Signed on the stone, lower left. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a strong, rich impression of this large work. The margins are wide and the condition is quite good apart from a skillfully repaired tear in the lower margin, center, just to the image. Blashko had a one-man show of twenty five drawings at the Seattle Art Museum in 1938. He was then only eighteen years old. He worked as a longshoreman at the Seattle docks and eventually moved to NY where he published cartoons and continued making prints, drawings and paintings. He had a major retrospective at the Susan Teller Gallery in 1987. His work is included in several museum collections including the National Gallery of Art.
SOLD

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