American Prints

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Manhattan Excavation -  BONE

Manhattan Excavation
MUIRHEAD BONE
Scottish, (1876-1953)
Drypoint, 1923-28, Dodgson 390 (xvii/XIX), edition of 40 in this state, total of 151 impressions. 12 3/8 x 10 1/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. Signed in pencil. Here we have a superb, luminous impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This tour de force of the drypoint medium is a great moment in Bone's illustrious career. This location is Madison and 45th Street in New York and depicts the early construction of the Hotel Roosevelt. The hotel opened for business in 1924.
$6,000

Cutting Out a Bull, No. 1 -  BOREIN

Cutting Out a Bull, No. 1
EDWARD BOREIN
American, (1872-1945)
Etching, undated, Galvin 116, edition unknown. 6 x 10 3/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed with tone on cream wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Borein rarely dated his prints and did not keep formal editions.
$2,800

Emigrant Train -  BOREIN

Emigrant Train
EDWARD BOREIN
American, (1872-1945)
Etching, undated, Galvin 148, edition unknown. 14 x 6 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is fine, luminous impression with full margins. The paper is a cream wove and the condition is excellent. This is an outstanding example of his work. Borein produced over three hundred etchings and his work is consistently good.
$2,800

Bridges -  BOYER

Bridges
ERNEST BOYER
American, (1884-1949)
Aquatint, undated (circa 1940), edition 25. 8 x 9 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on UMBRIA ITALIA paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from a very faint trace of toning within the mat opening and old hinge adhesive at the top corners, verso. This rare, exceptional print by this Pittsburgh artist is illustrated and discussed in Graphic Excursions, American Prints in Black and White, 1900-1950, from the Collection of Dave and Reba Williams (1991). Boyer studied architecture at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and he later returned there to study printmaking. His wife, Louise Miller Boyer, and their daughter, Helen King Boyer, were accomplished printmakers as well.
SOLD

The Crenellated Hill -  BOYER

The Crenellated Hill
LOUISE BOYER
American, (1890-1976)
Drypoint, 1940, edition unknown. 9 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is also fine other than for two small old paper hinges at the top. This is from her Pittsburgh Series (# 9) and was published by the Society of Print Connoisseurs and bears their blindstamp in the lower left margin. In the early 1930s, Boyer began experimenting with anodized aluminnum plates which allowed her to bypass the grounding and acid biting procedures of copper or zinc plates.
$750

Cactus Flowers -  BUFF

Cactus Flowers
CONRAD BUFF
American, (1886-1975)
Lithograph printed in colors, circa 1938-1940, edition unknown. 10 x 7 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression with vibrant colors. The margins are full and the condition is fine other than for a very slight trace of an old mat line around the image. This print relates to paintings of the same subject.
$450

The Heavens -  BURCHFIELD

The Heavens
CHARLES BURCHFIELD
American, (1893-1967)
Wood engraving in collaboration with JJ Lankes, 1923-24, Czestochowski 4, Cleveland/Prasse 185, edition 13. 6 1/8 x 4 5/8 in. Initialed in the block (B+L) by Burchfield and Lankes. Signed and titled by both artists in pencil and also inscribed "no. 5". The print is titled along the bottom margin in pencil. This is a superb impression of this extremely rare work. The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from small old hinges showing at the top corners, well away from the image. Burchfield and Lankes published eleven wood engravings together. Burchfield did the designs and Lankes cut the blocks. The Heavens deals with the world of the spirit and it reaffirms the mysticism of Burchfields's work from 1915-17. This wood engraving was intended for a publication of Ecclesiastes along with three other prints. That publication never materialized. The checklist of Burchfield's prints by Joseph Czestochowski appeared in the American Art Journal, November 1976, pages 99-110.
SOLD

Father and Son -  BURNETT

Father and Son
CALVIN BURNETT
African American, (1921-2007)
Screenprint, 1956, edition 15. 28 1/4 x 18 3/8 in. Signed, dated, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of this large and impressive print. The margins are full (but modest in size) and the condition is fine other than for a small stain at the top edge of the margin and old hinges, verso. Burnett taught at the Massachusetts College of Art for thirty-three years. He received his MFA from Boston University in 1960. He specialized in the screenprint medium and was also a painter.
$2,200

Piñon Trees and Spanish Peaks, Colorado -  BURR

Piñon Trees and Spanish Peaks, Colorado
GEORGE ELBERT BURR
American, (1859-1939)
Etching printed in colors, 1906-07, Seeber 42, edition perhaps 50. 6 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower left. This is a superb impression of this uncommon early color etching. The margins are probably full and the condition is fine. (There's stray printer's ink on the verso which is faintly showing on the right margin.) This was Burr's "first experiment in color" after moving to Denver in 1906. He was forty-seven. He was also a gifted watercolor painter and he viewed color etching as an ideal means to transition from one medium to the other. This rare print is illustrated on the cover of the Seeber catalogue raisonné.
$2,800

Old Oaks in Winter -  BURR

Old Oaks in Winter
GEORGE ELBERT BURR
American, (1859-1939)
Drypoint, 1920, Seeber 81, edition unknown. 9 7/8 x 6 7/8 in. Initialed in the plate, lower left. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. An outstanding winter scene by Burr, this image captures the atmosphere of cold and snow. There's a later version where the plate was cut down by an inch on the bottom.
$1,100

Cloud Shadows, Apache Trail, Arizona -  BURR

Cloud Shadows, Apache Trail, Arizona
GEORGE ELBERT BURR
American, (1859-1939)
Drypoint and aquatint, undated (circa 1927-28), Seeber 268, edition unknown. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. Initialed in the plate, lower right. Signed and titled in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is also fine. The view shows the Salt River which is found in Gila and Maricopa counties.
$1,400

Mexican Girl -  BURROUGHS

Mexican Girl
MARGARET BURROUGHS
African American, (1915-2010)
Linoleum cut, 1998, edition unknown. 21 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. Signed, titled and dated in ink. This is a superb impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are probably full and the condition is fine. (There's a small bent corner, lower right, and a smudge on the bottom center margin.) This large, dynamic print relates to an earlier and smaller version of the same subject. (An impression from the Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art measures 13 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. It's dated 1953 and the edition was only five impressions.) Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs was a visual artist, writer, educator and founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Hyde Park (Chicago). Burroughs spent a brief time in Mexico where she studied printmaking under the direction of Leopoldo Méndez at the Taller de Gráfica Popular. As a leader of the Black Arts Movement in Chicago, her works focused on community and the social empowerment of art.
$3,500

Birthday Party -  BURROUGHS

Birthday Party
MARGARET BURROUGHS
African American, (1915-2010)
Linoleum cut, 2002, edition 10 plus later proofs. 16 1/8 x 19 3/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in ink. This is a good impression printed on a sturdy wove paper. The margins are narrow along the top and bottom but this appears to be the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine. This large and charming image was created in 1960 and printed in an edition of only ten impressions. This is a later printing from 2002. Margaret Burroughs was a pioneering African American artist, writer and activist. She co-founded the Ebony Museum in Chicago which is now the DuSable Museum of African American History. An impression of this print is in the Art Institute of Chicago. Burroughs also produced a 1986 etching of the same subject.
SOLD

Stewart's -  CADMUS

Stewart's
PAUL CADMUS
American, (1904-1999)
Etching, 1934, Davenport 35, Johnson & Miller 78; edition 50. 8 x 11 3/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. Inscribed "edition of 50" in the lower margin. This is a superb tonal impression printed with nice contrasts. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's just the faintest suggestion of toning within an earlier mat opening.) This great, early work relates closely to a painting which is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. That work has the title "Greenwich Village Cafeteria."
SOLD

Transubstantiation -  CALAPAI

Transubstantiation
LETTERIO CALAPAI
American, (1902-1993)
Etching and aquatint, 1951, edition 50. 15 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression with probably the full margins. The condition is excellent. Calapai was born in Boston and studied there. He moved to New York in 1928 and later was active in the WPA program. As an outstanding student of Hayer at Atelier 17, he matured as an artist and then moved to Buffalo to teach printmaking and then again, moved to New York in 1960 and opened a printmaking workshop in Greenwich Village. His teaching continued throughout his career and he later settled in Chicago to teach at the University of Illinois.
$1,500

8:30 Express -  CALAPAI

8:30 Express
LETTERIO CALAPAI
American, (1902-1993)
Wood engraving, 1943-44, edition 27 plus proofs. 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. Initialed in the block. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This potent image of a packed New York subway scene combines the expressionist "edge" of the wood engraving medium with a tilted perspective suggesting chaos and disorder. Impressions of this print are located at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery.
SOLD

City Canyon -  CALAPAI

City Canyon
LETTERIO CALAPAI
American, (1902-1993)
Wood engraving, 1950, edition 75. 10 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. Initialed in the block, lower right. Signed and titled in pencil and also inscribed "artist's proof." This is a fine impression with substantial margins. The condition is fine. The artist's embossed stamp is in the lower right.
$800

Blaze of Glory -  CASARELLA

Blaze of Glory
EDMOND CASARELLA
American, (1920-1996)
Paper relief print, 1959, edition 12. 15 x 13 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is excellent with the colors especially fresh. Ex-collection: James Heald. Casarella's innovative printmaking technique is discussed at length in David Acton's, A Spectrum of Innovation, Color in American Printmaking (1990), page 242. This is an outstanding example of his work.
$3,000

Self Portrait with H -  CASTELLON

Self Portrait with H
FEDERICO CASTELLON
American, (1914-1971)
Etching, 1942, Freundlich 26, edition 50. 7 7/8 x 6 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on a sturdy wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Castellon was born in Spain and his family moved to Brooklyn in 1921. He was actively exhibiting in the early 1930s and had his first one man show at the Weyhe Gallery in 1934. His wife, Hulda, is shown standing behind the artist.
$750

Children reading (Literacy), Ninas Leyendos -  CATLETT

Children reading (Literacy), Ninas Leyendos
ELIZABETH CATLETT
American, (1915-2012)
Lithograph, 1950, edition 30. 11 7/8 x 16 3/8 in. Initialed on the stone, lower left. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This beautiful print shows the influence of the Mexican printmakers of the time including Siquieros. Catlett began working at the Taller de Gráfica Popular in Mexico in 1946 and was active there until 1966. She married Francisco Mora (after divorcing Charles W. White) and became a Mexican citizen. She was friendly with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. As seen here, Catlett embraced thoughtful and beautifully drawn subjects, producing portraits of black women and children as well as the Hispanic and Indian populations at her Mexican home. Previously, Catlett studied at Howard University and one of her teachers was Lois M. Jones. She later enrolled in the graduate program of the University of Iowa and was attracted to the work of Grant Wood who taught there and she studied drawing and painting with him. "Children Reading" is an uncommon print from a relatively small edition.
SOLD

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