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The Pulitzer Fountain (New York) -  HOOVER

The Pulitzer Fountain (New York)
ELLISON HOOVER
American, (1888-1955)
Lithograph, circa 1930, edition unknown. 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. The Pulitzer Fountain is located at the entrance to Central Park at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. The sculptor was Karl Bitter (1867-1915) and the work dates from 1916.
$1,400

Evening Wind -  HOPPER

Evening Wind
EDWARD HOPPER
American, (1882-1967)
Etching, 1921, Levin 77, Zigrosser 9; edition unknown. 6 7/8 x 8 1/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. Signed in the lower left margin by the artist "The Evening Wind $ 30." This is a very fine impression printed with plate tone in the foreground. The paper is a fine white wove bearing a partial umbria watermark. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from very faint toning within an earlier mat opening showing primarily on the right side. This iconic American print represents the best of Hopper as a graphic artist. The preliminary drawing for this print is in the Whitney Museum in New York.
SOLD

Man Shaving -  HOVENDEN

Man Shaving
THOMAS HOVENDEN
American, (1840-1895)
Etching, 1886, edition unknown. 20 x 13 5/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. Signed in pencil lower right. This is a fine, luminous impression showing the etched remarque of a shaving mug below the image at left. The margins are narrow. The condition is good overall apart from slight discoloration along the blank area at top, above the image. (The size given above is the image size. The plate size is about 1-1/2 in. wider.) Hovenden taught for many years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Robert Henri was one of his many students.
SOLD

Steel -  HUNTLEY

Steel
VICTORIA HUTSON HUNTLEY
American, (1900-1971)
Lithograph, undated, edition perhaps 50. 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Huntley lived in New York and studied at the Art Students League. She produced her first lithograph in 1930 and worked closely with George Miller, the printer. In 1948 she purchased a lithographic press and started doing her own printing. This exceptional work is something of a companion piece to "Steam," another industrial print. Huntley's work is discussed at length in Paths to the Press, Printmaking and American Women Artists 1910-1960 (2005) by Elizabeth Seaton et al. (see pages 160-161).
$1,750

A Mexican Coquette -  HYDE

A Mexican Coquette
HELEN HYDE
American, (1868-1919)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1912, Mason 95, edition unknown. 10 1/4 in. in diameter. Signed and dated in the block, left side. Signed and numbered in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression on thin Japanese paper. The margins are probably full and the condition is fine. This print is illustrated and discussed in A Spectrum of Innovation, Color in American Printmaking 1890-1960 (1990) by David Acton, pages 62-63. It's also illustrated on page 106 of Japonism comes to America (1990) by Julia Meech and Gabriel Weisberg.
$900

Beyond the Gobi -  JOHNSTON

Beyond the Gobi
YNEZ JOHNSTON
American, (b. 1920)
Etching and aquatint printed in colors, undated (probably 19, edition 200. 17 3/4 x 11 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression in very good condition. Minor trace of stain in the lower left corner, outside of the image. Full margins. The work of this California artist is discussed in A Spectrum of Innovation by David Acton (1990).
SOLD

The Huckster -  KAINEN

The Huckster
JACOB KAINEN
American, (1909-2001)
Lithograph, 1937, Flint 16, edition about 25. 10 x 15 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This impression was part of the NYC Federal Art Project and bears that stamp in the lower left margin. The margins are full and the condition is very good. Kainen joined the New York Graphic Arts Project in 1935 at the beginning of the program. This fine early work shows his great skills as a draughtsman.
$1,400

Sea and Sky -  KENT

Sea and Sky
ROCKWELL KENT
American, (1881-1940)
Wood engraving on maple, 1931, Burne-Jones 85, edition 150. 10 x 6 1/2 in. Signed in pencil lower right. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This was one of twelve prints used by Kent in a national advertising campaign for the American Car and Foundry Company.
SOLD

Bowsprit -  KENT

Bowsprit
ROCKWELL KENT
American, (1881-1940)
Pencil on tracing paper, probably 1930, See Burne-Jones 56. 5 1/2 x 7 in. (image). Signed upper left, "Rockwell Kent (sketch for woodblock 'Bowsprit')." Our drawing is in very good condition. (The sheet was mounted quite some time ago to a thin, archival rag board, apparently to soften the look of some creasing and wrinkling in the image.) This outstanding, working drawing is not mentioned in the Burne-Jones catalog as the author was probably not aware of it. He does, however, reference and illustrate a preliminary drawing from the Zigrosser Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but it is considerably less developed than our work. We are offering this outstanding drawing WITH AN IMPRESSION OF THE PRINT for which this is the definitive study. The woodcut "Bowsprit" was printed in an edition of 120 and it measures the same size as the drawing (which has a pencil borderline on all sides). The margins are full and the condition is excellent. The woodcut is signed in pencil, lower right. (The canceled block is part of the Adler Collection in the Princeton University Library.) Provenance for both works: Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio (deacessioned, 2010.)
$12,000

Pasture Gate -  KENT

Pasture Gate
ROCKWELL KENT
American, (1881-1940)
Lithograph, 1928, Burne Jones / Rightmire 26, edition 110. 10 5/8 x 7 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This print was published by Weyhe Gallery and printed by George Miller. It was based on a drawing of the artist's first wife, Kathleen Whiting Kent. Pasture Gate is listed in multiple museum collections.
$1,250

Trees by Moonlight -  KLOSS

Trees by Moonlight
GENE KLOSS
American, (1903-1996)
Aquatint, 1928, Sanchez 129, edition unknown. 7 1/2 x 5 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression of this uncommon, early work. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. According to the catalogue, "Kloss believed this to be her first successful attempt at aquatint." This is a captivating arts and crafts image.
$1,500

Grand Central Staion -  KUHLER

Grand Central Staion
OTTO KUHLER
American, (1894-1977)
Etching, 1927, Kennedy Galleries 26, edition 50. 14 3/8 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. this is a superb, richly inked impression of this uncommon print. The margins are full and the condition is fine. On the left side are the flags of the former Hotel Belmont which was a destination hotel for foreign ambassadors and other dignitaries.
$2,400

Marlborough Street Mansion (Boston) -  KUPFERMAN

Marlborough Street Mansion (Boston)
LAWRENCE KUPFERMAN
American, (1909-1982)
Drypoint, 1938, edition unknown. 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. Dated in the lower margin, "July 8, 1938." This is a superb impression with full margins. Fine condition. This work was done while the artist was employed by the WPA. His associates included Karl Knaths, Jack Levine and Hyman Bloom.
SOLD

Victorian Mansion (Boston) -  KUPFERMAN

Victorian Mansion (Boston)
LAWRENCE KUPFERMAN
American, (1909-1982)
Drypoint, 1938, edition unknown. 14 x 13 in. Signed and titled in pencil; also inscribed "early proof." This is a superb impression with full and slightly irregular margins. The condition is very good. Kupferman's first drypoints were of Boston area buildings and mostly Victorian subjects. These outstanding early WPA prints have a Hopperesque quality.
SOLD

Saratoga Springs Victorian (New York) -  KUPFERMAN

Saratoga Springs Victorian (New York)
LAWRENCE KUPFERMAN
American, (1909-1982)
Drypoint, 1940, edition unknown. 14 x 10 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on a cream-colored Japan paper. The margins are full. Good condition apart from toning within an earlier mat opening. Kupferman's work is discussed at length in The American Scene, Prints from Hopper to Pollack by Stephen Coppel (2008), pages 108-109. In fact, one of the first American prints purchased by the British Museum was an early drypoint similar to this one.
SOLD

11 West 11th Street (New York) -  LANDECK

11 West 11th Street (New York)
ARMIN LANDECK
American, (1905-1984)
Drypoint, 1939, Kraeft 79, edition 100. 12 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. A great many of the impressions from this plate were printed after 1939. Mohammad Omer Khalil, a master printer, started filling out Landeck's editions is the early 1970s and his blindstamp appears in the lower right corner of the margin. Khalil has also printed for Jim Dine, Louise Nevelson and Romare Bearden. This is an exceptional early work by Landeck.
SOLD

Studio Interior, No. 1 -  LANDECK

Studio Interior, No. 1
ARMIN LANDECK
American, (1905-1984)
Drypoint, 1935, Kraeft 57, edition 100. 8 x 10 5/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine. In this classic study of a printmaking studio, Landeck here depicts his first atelier in Cornwall, CT. Shown on the wall in the upper right corner is his rare lithograph, View of New York, from 1932.
$1,800

Sunflowers -  LAZZELL

Sunflowers
BLANCHE LAZZELL
American, (1878-1936)
Gouache on paper mounted to a gray support sheet, probably 1928, 6 x 6 in. Unsigned. This rare rug design from the Ralph Pearson estate is in fine condition. Lazzell worked with the Ralph Pearson Design Workshop in New York along with other artists including: George Biddle, John Storrs, Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Tannahill and others. They produced modernist designs for hooked rugs and the rugs were made in Maine by artisans and sold in New York by Pearson. The rug for this design was made in 1928 and at least one is known to exist today. (See page 103 of Blanche Lazzell, The Life and Work of an American Modernist (2004), by Robert Bridges, et al.) The design in numbered on the support sheet "# 133-Blanche Lazzell-Yellow Roses" with the number 133 referring to the number of the rug design which customers could choose from. The title listed does not agree with the subject illustrated and we consider this an error. This design also relates to the woodblock print "The Blue Jug." Lazzell was actively involved with promoting her rugs and exhibited them in her studio. "Through the hooked rug project with Pearson, Lazzell participated in advanced modern design in America, with its intention to blur the distinction between fine art and decorative art." (Bridges, pg. 106) Ralph Pearson (1883-1958) was a gifted etcher, writer and arts advocate who spent time living and working in New Mexico, California, Chicago and New York.
SOLD

Exhibition Announcement -  LAZZELL

Exhibition Announcement
BLANCHE LAZZELL
American, (1878-1936)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1930, Shapiro/MFA 52, edition unknown. (image) 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (sheet) 10 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. This is a fine impression of this very rare print. The paper is a thin Japanese and the margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a small, barely visible 1/2" tear at the top edge at left and another tiny split at the bottom. This endearing Provincetown image captures the essence of what was happening in this New England artists community during the 1920s and 1930s. The sheet was first printed (or applied by hand) with this vibrant background color and then the image and text were printed, possibly from two separate blocks. This charming print is illustrated on page one of "From Paris to Provincetown: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut (2002).
$6,500

Pennies -  LEBOIT

Pennies
JOSEPH LEBOIT
American, (1907-2002)
Lithograph printed in colors, circa 1935, edition probably about 25. 17 7/8 x 12 5/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of this rare WPA print. The margins are mostly full and the condition is very good. (There's a small loss in the lower right corner margin, a repaired tear in the right margin just to outside the image and minor stains on the verso and top edge of the front of the sheet.) Leboit was born in New York, studied at the Art Students League, and was prominent in the Artists for Victory organization. He was politically active as an artist for various liberal organizations including the paper PM and New Masses. Leboit's work is illustrated and discussed in The American Scene, Prints from Hopper to Pollack (2008) by Stephen Coppel. This impression bears the stamp of the NYC WPA Art Project and an impression of this print is located in the Newark Museum.
SOLD

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