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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.
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Child Reaching -  BARNET

Child Reaching
WILL BARNET
American, (1911-2012)
Woodcut, 1940, Cole 82, Szoke 83; edition 25 (60) 7 1/8 x 11 1/4 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine dark impression printed on thin japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine other than for slight handling marks on the left and right edges of the paper. This charming work was printed and published by the artist. This impression is numbered 59/60. There's no indication in either catalogue raisonné that a second edition was printed. Most likely the artist printed 35 more impressions and continued the numbering as we see here.
$850

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.)
SOLD

The Poet (Der Dichter) -  BIELING

The Poet (Der Dichter)
HERMAN F. BIELING
Dutch, (1887-1964)
Woodcut, 1920, edition unknown. 11 5/8 x 10 in. Initialed in the block, lower right. Signed, dated and titled in ink. The margins are full and the condition is fine. The image is printed on the back of a sheet of incunabula published by Michael Furter, Basel, (in facsimile). Bieling was a Rotterdam artist who founded an artistic group called "De Branding" (meaning surf or breakers in Dutch). He had connections with art groups including De Stijl and Der Sturm. Bieling was also an organizer of shows which included his work and those by Kurt Schwitters, Piet Mondriaan and many other cutting edge artists. He was an active proponent of modernism in Dutch painting and printmaking during the 1920s and 1930s. Much of his work was lost during a major fire in his studio in 1930.
$1,000

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

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.
$2,000

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.
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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.
$1,800

Sun and Desolation -  COOK

Sun and Desolation
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Woodcut, 1926, Duffy 34, edition 50. 9 1/4 x 13 3/4 in. Signed in the block, lower right. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on thin, cream japan paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This large work was probably done in Maine where he spent the summer of 1926.
$1,500

Walpi  -  COOK

Walpi
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Woodcut, 1927, Duffy 73, edition 50 (40 printed). 10 x 12 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full but modest in size. The condition is excellent. Walpi is an ancient, continuously inhabited Hopi village established around 900 AD. The site is located in Arizona.
SOLD

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

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

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.
SOLD

Nature Study -  DE GRAAG

Nature Study
ANNA JULIE DE GRAAG
Dutch, (1877-1924)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1917, edition unknown. 7 1/8 x 5 3/8 in. Initialed and dated in the plate. Signed in pencil. this is a fine impression printed on gray laid paper. The margins are wide and the condition is fine apart from slight toning within an earlier mat opening. This print was published by Cornelius de Lorm and their stamp is on the verso.
SOLD

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