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Leisure -  ABRAMOVITZ

Leisure
ALBERT ABRAMOVITZ
Latvian-American, (1879-1963)
Woodcut (linocut?) printed in colors, circa 1937, edition probably about 25 impressions. 13 7/8 x 17 in. Initialed in the block and signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of this large, rare print. Printed on a thin Japanese paper, the margins are full and the condition is very good. (There's a trace of wrinkling in the lower margin just to the image.) Abramovitz was born in Riga, Latvia, studied in Paris, and eventually settled in New York where he was employed by the WPA program. His work is illustrated and discussed in The Federal Art Project: American Prints from the 1930s (1985), published by the University of Michigan Museum of Art. His prints are in the following American collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, Newark Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and others. This potent, expressionist image is an outstanding example of his work and a bold social statement about life for many during the 1930s.
SOLD

Bouwen (Building) -  ALMA

Bouwen (Building)
PETER ALMA
Dutch, (1886-1969)
Linocut, 1926, edition unknown. 16 1/4 x 16 5/8 in. Signed and dated in the block, upper left corner. Signed and titled in pencil and also inscribed "No.2". This is a fine impression printed on heavy laid paper with wide margins. The condition is fine. This large, early work by Alma epitomizes his interest in workers and their rights. This is, in many ways, a Dutch equivalent to the American WPA print with all its connotations. Alma studied in the Hague and moved to Paris when he was only twenty. There he met Mondrian and Lodewijk Schelfhout who shared a studio. He studied in Paris at the Académie Humbert (1907-1914). Alma was greatly influenced by the Russian Revolution having joined the Communist Party in 1919 and then visiting Moscow in 1921. There he met with Kandinsky, El Lissitsky, and others. A major retrospective of his work was held at the Stedelijk Museum in 1960. This museum was also the home of his first retrospective held in 1924.
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Blue Poppies -  ARMITAGE

Blue Poppies
JEAN ARMITAGE
British, (exhibited 1919-1938)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1930, edition 50. 12 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine other than for a soft wrinkle here and there, primarily in the margins. The influence of Japanese printmaking is here in evidence. Her work is executed with great skill, especially as seen here. She studied with the illustrator J.D. Batten at the Byam Shaw School of Art and exhibited with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. This information was provided by the British Museum and they own two example of her woodcuts.
SOLD

Fair in de Doelen (Kermis in de Doelen) -  BIELING

Fair in de Doelen (Kermis in de Doelen)
HERMAN F. BIELING
Dutch, (1887-1964)
Woodcut, 1922, edition unknown. 8 7/8 x 12 1/4 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. Here we have a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Bieling was a Rotterdam artist and a founder of De Branding, an avant-garde artists association. He had a studio fire in 1933 and there lost much of his early work. De Doelen was a fair venue in Rotterdam but it was destroyed by the Nazis in 1940. (It was rebuilt in 1966 as a convention center.)
$500

Venice -  BORMANN

Venice
EMMA BORMANN
Austrian, (1887-1974)
Linocut printed in colors, undated (possibly 1923)., Johns pg. 80, edition unknown. 9 x 14 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Here we have a very fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This stellar view of Venice exists in color variations. This rare work is one of several views of Italy that she did in addition she made trips to: Vienna, Stockholm, Rome, Florence, Prague, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh and on and on. She worked in woodcut and linocut and they can be difficult to tell apart.
$2,200

Leopard -  BRESSLERN-ROTH

Leopard
NORBERTINE BRESSLERN-ROTH
Austrian, (1891-1978)
Woodcut (linocut?) printed in colors, circa 1922, edition unknown. 8 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with vibrant colors. The paper is a thin Japanese which is usually her choice for printing the blocks. The margins are modest on the top and both sides. The condition overall is very good apart from a couple of soft wrinkles near the top of the image and rippling from the printing process in the bottom edge. She produced this same image in reverse.
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Guianan Toucanets (Pfefferfresser) -  BRESSLERN-ROTH

Guianan Toucanets (Pfefferfresser)
NORBERTINE BRESSLERN-ROTH
Austrian, (1891-1978)
Linocut printed in colors, 1929, edition unknown. 10 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with wide margins. The condition is excellent. This stellar work was published in a special edition of the 1920 Gesellschaft für Vervielfältigende Kunst, Vienna. Note: The gray block in the lower right corner bears the initials of the artist but in this case it's extremely hard to read for some reason.
SOLD

Flamingos -  BRESSLERN-ROTH

Flamingos
NORBERTINE BRESSLERN-ROTH
Austrian, (1891-1978)
Woodcut (linocut?), 1920s, edition unknown. 8 3/8 x 7 3/4 in. Signed and inscribed in pencil "handdruck." This is a fine impression printed on thin wove paper The margins are full. The condition is very good apart from slight toning at the outer edges of the sheet, well away from the image.
$2,000

Moonlit Night (Mannacht) -  DE GRAAG

Moonlit Night (Mannacht)
ANNA JULIE DE GRAAG
Dutch, (1877-1924)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920, Cat. Grafiek GJ Nieuwenhuizen Segaar, no. 26; edition unknown. 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on gray paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine. De Graag specialized in arts and crafts style woodcuts. She lived and worked in the Hague and studied at the Academy there with J.J. Aarts. The verso bears the stamp of Segaar over the publisher's stamp of Cornelius de Lorm.
$850

To Be Or Not To Be -  DELHEZ

To Be Or Not To Be
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1902-1985)
Wood engraving, 1948, small edition. 11 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. Signed in pencil and initialed in the block. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins.
$875

Three Virtues (Drie Deugend) -  DELHEZ

Three Virtues (Drie Deugend)
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1902-1985)
Wood engraving , 1943, Breda catalogue # 490, edition unknown. 11 3/4 x 9 in. Signed in pencil and also inscribed "épeuve d'artiste." This is is a fine impression with full margins. The paper is a cream colored wove which is typically what Delhez printed on. His editions were always very small and each impression is usually inscribed as an artists proof. This early work from his Danse Macabre series, also called Dodendans, is exemplary of Delhez's interest in humor and the macabre. This is his version of the Chinese proverb, "Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil."
$850

De Zichter  (Harvester) -  DIJKSTRA

De Zichter (Harvester)
JOHAN DIJKSTRA
Dutch, (1896-1978)
Woodcut, 1924-25, edition unknown. 28 3/4 x 20 1/2 in. Signed in pencil and also inscribed "handdruck." A fine impression in very good condition. There are a few small printing creases showing mostly in the wide margins. The block for this large work was cut in 1924-25 and very few impressions were taken. This is from the second printing in 1957-58 with the addition of "handdruk" in pencil. Some later impressions are known which were printed on thin paper and without the added inscription. Dijkstra was a founding member of the Groningen art society known as "De Ploeg." This Dutch expressionist movement was inspired by Kirchner, among others.
$3,000

Street Scene with Lady in a Hat -  DIJKSTRA

Street Scene with Lady in a Hat
JOHAN DIJKSTRA
Dutch, (1896-1978)
Woodcut, circa 1925-27, edition unknown but quite small. 20 1/2 x 15 in. Signed in pencil lower right and inscribed 'epreuve," lower left. This is a superb, early impression printed on tan paper. The margins are substantial and the condition is fine. Dijkstra was a founding member of the Dutch expressionist movement known as "De Ploeg," (The Plow) which was established in Groningen in 1918. Indeed, expressionism was international. Dijkstra, along with Jan Wiegers, Jan Altink and others, were keenly aware of the German contingent of the expressionist movement and Wiegers became very close friends with Kirchner while he was living in Davos, Switzerland. Dutch expressionism is often overlooked but it represents an integral part of early 20th century Dutch artistic heritage. The Groninger Museum today possesses a large collection of prints, drawings and paintings by these artists. This is an exceptional and rare woodcut certainly printed in a very small edition. Dijkstra's best work, as seen here, clearly reflects the influence of Kirchner but also shows an artist with his own compelling vision. De Ploeg prints were printed in small editions due to the rather limited audience at the time.
$3,800

Family -  EEKMAN

Family
NICOLAS (NICO) EEKMAN
Belgian, (1889-1973)
Woodcut, circa 1925-30, edition unknown but probably small. 10 1/8 x 5 3/4 in. Signed in pencil lower right. This fine impression is printed on a thin Japanese paper. The margins are narrow (about 1/2" all around). The condition is fine. Eekman developed his own expressionist woodcut style with an emphasis on the figurative. His work can be found in many museum collections.
$500

Dance of Death in Seven Tempos (Dood- Dans in Zeven Tempos) -  EEKMAN

Dance of Death in Seven Tempos (Dood- Dans in Zeven Tempos)
NICOLAS (NICO) EEKMAN
Belgian, (1889-1973)
Woodcuts, 1924, edition 200. each woodcut 10 3/4 x 6. Signed in red ink with the artist's monogram on the left and signed in pencil, lower right. This set of seven woodcuts (plus title page) consists of fine, uniform impressions in very good condition. The margins are full as issued. This masterful Belgian expressionist work is printed on one sheet of Toshi paper and presented in an accordian fold, with the original presentation wrapper. Eekman was born in Brussels and settled in Paris in 1920. He exhibited widely in Europe and was quite friendly with Mondrian and Signac. He was very active as a painter and woodblock artist and also showed his prints in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago. (There's a wonderful web site which has been organized by the artist's daughter, Luce: nicolaseekman.com.) As seen in the work of Henri van Straten, Victor Delhez and Nicolas Eekman, among others, a macabre and thoroughly captivating sense of humor often pervades Belgian aesthetics during the 1920s and 1930s. James Ensor is best known and certainly an early inspiration, but there were many other printmakers whose work stands out. This is particulary evident in the woodcut medium and Eekman's version of "danse macabre" is exemplary.
$1,750

Man Planting in a Garden -  EEKMAN

Man Planting in a Garden
NICOLAS (NICO) EEKMAN
Belgian, (1889-1973)
Woodcut, 1920s, edition 96. 7 7/8 x 8 3/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. Also, this impression has the artist's red ink monogram in the lower left corner. Here we have a superb, rich impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins appear to be full. The condition is very good other than traces of old adhesive in the four margin corners, verso, from an early mount.
$700

Accordian Player -  EEKMAN

Accordian Player
NICOLAS (NICO) EEKMAN
Belgian, (1889-1973)
Woodcut, undated (1920s-1930s), edition 110. 16 1/4 x 8 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. Signed in ink with the artist's red monogram stamp. This is a fine impression of this large woodcut printed on very thin Japanese paper. The margins are probably full. The condition is very good apart from four small brown paper hinges at the corners and obscure traces of foxing here and there. Eekman was born in Brussels and settled in Paris in 1920. He exhibited widely in Europe and was quite friendly with Mondrian and Signac. He was very active as a painter and woodblock artist and also showed his prints in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago. (There's a wonderful web site which has been organized by the artist's daughter, Luce: nicolaseekman.com.) As seen in the work of Henri van Straten, Victor Delhez and Nicolas Eekman, among others, a macabre and thoroughly captivating sense of humor often pervades Belgian aesthetics during the 1920s and 1930s. Ensor was an influence on this generation.
$1,500

The Steps -  EICHENBERG

The Steps
FRITZ EICHENBERG
American, (1901-1990)
Wood engraving, 1934, edition 200. 6 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. Born in Germany, Eichenberg moved to America when Hitler came into power. In New York he taught at Pratt and the New School and was active in the WPA program. He was a member of the National Academy of Design. The Steps is one of four early prints depicting life in New York.
$1,400

Wiston River -  FLETCHER

Wiston River
FRANK MORLEY FLETCHER
British/American, (1866-1949)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1900-1905, edition 100. 8 3/8 x 14 1/2 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with probably full margins. The condition is fine apart from very thin pieces of brown paper tape along the edges of the sheet. This stellar early work was done in his native Lancashire, England. Color variations exist with this and his other prints which add much diversity to his rather limited oeuvre. There's no formal catalogue raisonné of his woodcuts but there's an excellent article by Nancy Green in the following: Second Impressions; Modern Prints and Printmakers Reconsidered, edited by Clinton Adams, volume 16 of the Tamarind Papers, 1996, University of New Mexico Press, pages 37-48.
$6,000

Salinas River - California -  FLETCHER

Salinas River - California
FRANK MORLEY FLETCHER
British/American, (1866-1949)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1927-28, edition 100. 12 3/4 x 16 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is good. (There are three small areas touched in with gouache(?) certainly by the artist, and faint traces of soiling in the water.) The importance of Fletcher both in England and later in America cannot be overstated. His seminal publication, Wood-Block Printing, published in 1916, had a lasting impact on many printmakers who explored the color woodcut medium. He came to America in 1923 and settled in Santa Barbara where he taught at the Santa Barbara School of Art. He became a naturalized citizen in 1926. This large print is an iconic arts and crafts California woodcut.
$6,000

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