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Aesthetic Pleasure -  BACON

Aesthetic Pleasure
PEGGY BACON
American, (1895-1987)
Drypoint, 1936, Flint 126, edition 174. 6 x 8 1/2 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This outstanding print is found in the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, the McNay Art Museum and others.
SOLD

The Draftsman in Society (Der Zeichner in Gesellschaft) -  BECKMANN

The Draftsman in Society (Der Zeichner in Gesellschaft)
MAX BECKMANN
German, (1884-1950)
Drypoint, 1922, Hofmaier 230 (IIIb/III), Glaser 204, Gallwitz 200; edition of 50 unnumbered on Japan paper. 12 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. Signed in pencil lower right. This is a superb, rich impression printed on cream-colored Japan paper. The margins are full with a deckle edge on all sides. The condition is fine. This work was published by Verlag R. Piper & Co., Munich, 1922. The man drawing is the painter and printmaker Rudolph Grossmann (1882-1941) who Beckmann probably met at the Berlin home of Karl and Johanna Loeb.
$8,000

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, Ordenman 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.
$2,600

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

The Three Barges -  BRISCOE

The Three Barges
ARTHUR BRISCOE
British, (1873-1943)
Etching, 1925, Hurst 139, edition 75. 7 1/4 x 10 7/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in the plate. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed with tone. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. According to Hurst, "on the skyline lies Gravesend, viewed from the old Tilbury Hotel". (Gravesend is in northwest Kent along the Thames River."
$550

Making a Passage -  BRISCOE

Making a Passage
ARTHUR BRISCOE
British, (1873-1943)
Drypoint, 1924, Hurst 84, edition 75. 6 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. Signed and numbered in ink. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on a cream wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's subtle, small spot of foxing just to the right of the image.)
$550

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

Self Portrait -  BULLER

Self Portrait
CECIL BULLER
Canadian, (1886-1973)
Wood engraving, 1949, Ainslie 53 (iii/III); edition 25. 10 1/16 x 8 1/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression of this uncommon print. The paper is a japanese and the margins are full. The condition is excellent. This work was made on the occasion of Butler's entry as an associate in the the National Academy of Design. As Ainslie states, "The whole image has a dream-like quality that is reinforced by the pensive attitude of the face. Symbolic elements and sections of earlier prints appear behind the portrait, suggesting her relationships with those particular works and with the recurring elements of her thoughts and subconscious mind. (See Cecil Buller, Modernist Printmaker, Glenbow Museum, (1989), page 42.
$1,800

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.
$1,500

Wood Interior -  COOK

Wood Interior
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Wood engraving, 1931, Duffy 171, edition about 150 (?) 6 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on thin light cream wove paper. The margins are wide and the condition is fine. (There's just the faintest suggestion of toning within an earlier mat opening.) This is from the deluxe edition of 100 from The Checkerboard published by Weyhe Gallery in 1931.
$900

Engine Room -  COOK

Engine Room
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Lithograph, 1930, Duffy 128; edition 75 (only 35 were printed). 10 1/8 x 12 1/8 in. Signed dated and numbered (75) in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This is the engine room of the freighter SS Exhibitor. The Cooks traveled on this ship to Africa and Europe in 1929. Impressions of this work are found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
$5,500

Giant's Thumb (Monument Rock) -  COOK

Giant's Thumb (Monument Rock)
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Woodcut, 1926, Duffy 23, edition 50 (30 printed). 14 x 8 1/16 in. Signed in the block. Signed in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This dramatic woodcut depicts this historic rock formation located in Monument Valley which covers Utah and Arizona.
$1,400

District Schoolhouse -  COOK

District Schoolhouse
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Woodcut, 1926, Duffy 18; edition 50 (25 printed). 17 1/4 x 12 3/4 in. Signed in the block, lower left. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on fibrous japan paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from minor wrinkles here and there along the extreme margin edges. This large, early work is a powerful example of Cook's skills in the woodcut medium. Consider it a precursor to many fine works to come.
$1,850

Prize Stallions -  CURRY

Prize Stallions
JOHN STEUART CURRY
American, (1897-1946)
Lithograph, 1938, Cole 31, edition 250 as published by Associated American Artists. 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. Initialed and dated in the stone, lower left. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a very fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent and the original; AAA hinges are in the top corners. The catalogue lists six museums that own this print and we are sure there are more.
$2,500

Rooftops -  ERICKSON

Rooftops
OSCAR ERICKSON
American, (1883-1968)
Woodcut printed in color, circa 1930, edition 100. 7 x 7 7/8 in. Initialed in the block, lower right, with the artist's monogram. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on japan paper with full margins. The condition is fine apart from very slight toning within an earlier mat opening. Erickson studied at the Herron Art Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago. He was active in Door County, WI as well as Brown County, IN and further south into Tennessee and the area around Asheville, NC. He produced many woodcuts in an arts and crafts style.
$750

Gumbo Lane -  GAG

Gumbo Lane
WANDA GAG
American, (1893-1946)
Lithograph, 1927, Winnan 36, intended edition of 100 (50 printed by George Miller). 10 x 12 3/4 in. Initialed "w" on the stone, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. "This slightly surreal scene captures Wanda Gág’s rapture over the garden at her rural retreat Tumble Timbers. She nicknamed the garden Gumbo Lane. It produced nothing more exotic than lima beans and Swiss chard, but to Gág it was something primal and passionately alive. The plants sprout eyes, the wooden posts rear up like snakes, and the grape arbor appears ready to charge. The little building at upper right was the outhouse for Tumble Timbers..." (Tumble Timbers was located in rural Glen Gardner, New Jersey.) The above quotation is from the entry for this print on the Mineapolis Institute of Art's website. It was written by Marla Kinney. This outstanding print was selected as one of the Fifty Prints of the Year by the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
SOLD

Backyard Corner -  GAG

Backyard Corner
WANDA GAG
American, (1893-1946)
Lithograph, 1930, Winnan 80, edition 100. 10 3/8 x 12 7/8 in. Initialed on the stone, lower right. Signed and dated in pencil and with a pencil dedication on the left side, "For Earl from Wanda." This is a fine impression of this stellar work. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This work was printed by George Miller in New York. Winnan cites fifteen impressions in museum collections around the world including the Kupferstichkabinett in Basel, The British Museum in London and the Pushkin State Museum in Moscow.
$2,400

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