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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

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.
$7,000

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

Wisconsin Forest (also called Cut-Overland) -  BRYSON (SHAHN)

Wisconsin Forest (also called Cut-Overland)
BERNARDA BRYSON (SHAHN)
American, (1903-2004)
Lithograph, 1935-36, Wien 14, edition unknown. 9 5/8 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of this very rare print. The margins are wide and the condition is very good. (There's some glue residue along the top edge of the sheet from an early mount. There's also a small repaired tear in the lower right margin not affecting the image.) This outstanding work is from her early series called, The Vanishing American Frontier. This series of historical lithographs was created for the Resettlement Administration of FDR. As described by Wien, "This lithograph of deforestation and its implied aftermath - land erosion and river pollution - starkly portrays the consequences of the rapacious appetite of growing America and its subjugation of long-term environmental concerns to the short-term interests of the lumberyards. The ecological subject matter of this lithograph is close to the artist's heart." This print is in the collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.
SOLD

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

Eulalia Barthold -  CADMUS

Eulalia Barthold
PAUL CADMUS
American, (1904-1999)
Drypoint, circa 1926, Davenport 16, small edition. 14 3/4 x 12 in. Initialed in the plate, left of center, near the chair. Signed in pencil and inscribed "collection of the artist." This is a superb impression of this rare and fashionable early work. The sitter was a cousin of the artist. The condition is basically fine apart from a repair in the lower left corner margin and a couple of printing wrinkles in the left edge of the image which are inconspicuous. This impression is from the estate of the artist, left to his partner of many years, Jon F. Anderson. The print is inscribed "collection of the artist."
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

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