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Strandvonders (Beachgoers collecting objects) -  TOOROP

Strandvonders (Beachgoers collecting objects)
JAN TOOROP
Dutch, (1858-1928)
Woodcut, 1903, Verbeek/Rijksmuseum 70, edition 25. 4 x 4 7/8 in. Initialed and dated in the block, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on very thin white Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's only a very faint suggestion of darkening within the original mat opening.) This endearing print is from a series of five 1903 woodcuts by Toorop which are extremely rare in early impressions. This is from the 1928 edition of twenty-five impressions printed by Ninaber van Eyben on this thin Japanese paper. The print is numbered on the original mat which we have in our possession. This woodcut relates to his drypoint from 1899 called Sprokkelend Kind (Verbeek/Rijksmuseum 47.) The location is Katwijk aan Zee at the Dutch coast.
$2,000

La Procession à Watermael -  TYTGAT

La Procession à Watermael
EDGARD TYTGAT
Belgian, (1879-1957)
Woodcut, 1919, Taillaert 41 (planche 1); edition 60 (50?) in black and white. 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Signed, dated (1921) and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good overall other than occasional subtle spots of foxing and there's a printing crease in the upper left margin, apart from the image. This print is from his celebrated series, "Carrousels et Baraques" which was created in London in 1919. This is one of 50(60?) black and white impressions printed in 1925. (There were color editions as well.) Tytgat's style is both expressionist and charmingingly naive. He was interested in "scènes quotidiennes", popular tales, the circus and the the Flemish kermesse. He was a unique and gifted artist working as a painter and printmaker and the fine, early impressions of his prints are hard to find.
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Merry-go-Round -  TYTGAT

Merry-go-Round
EDGARD TYTGAT
Belgian, (1879-1957)
Woodcut and linoleum cut printed in colors, 1918-1919, Taillaert 40 (planche 3), edition 45. 6 1/4 x 8 1/16 in. Signed, numbered and inscribed in pencil,"1er essai," and "épreuve d'artiste, Edgard Tytgat, London 1918." This is a superb, early impression with the text, before the later printings when the colors are not as vibrant and not as richly inked. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. "Carrousels and Baraques" is Tytgat's best known series of prints and this set of six works was extremely popular. There were multiple editions as well as impressions in black and white and in single colors. This superb impression is from the collection of Auguste Taevernier (1895-1976), (Lugt 3334) who was the author of a catalogue raisonné of James Ensor.
$2,400

Caravans -  TYTGAT

Caravans
EDGARD TYTGAT
Belgian, (1879-1957)
Woodcut and linoleum cut printed in colors, 1919, Taillaert 40, planche 6; edition 60. 6 x 8 in. Signed, dated "1925" and numbered in pencil. This is an exceptional impression printed on thin Japanese paper with the printed title just below the image. The margins are full and the condition is very good. (There a few soft wrinkles in the lower left corner of the margins.) This is one of six plates from Tytgat's most famous series, "Carrousels et Barques." This is the first edition of this print with later printings done unnumbered and in black and white only. Tytgat's style is both expressionist and charmingly naive. He was interested in "scènes quotidiennes," popular tales, the circus and the tradition of the Flemish kermesse. This impression is from the collection of Auguste Taevernier (1895-1976), (Lugt 3334), who was the author of a catalogue raisonné of James Ensor prints.
$2,200

Anemones -  URUSHIBARA

Anemones
YOSHIJURO URUSHIBARA
Japanese, (1880-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1915, edition probably 100. 12 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. Here we have a superb impression with the colors especially vibrant. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Urushibara's best work was a group of floral woodcuts of which this is a notable example. The artist moved to England at a young age and lived there as well as in France until 1934. He was very active with the European color woodcut artists at the time and collaborated with Frank Brangwyn on several prints.
$1,200

Quai d'Orsay, Paris -  URUSHIBARA

Quai d'Orsay, Paris
YOSHIJURO URUSHIBARA
Japanese, (1880-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (probably 1920s), edition perhaps 100. 9 5/8 x 12 1/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on light cream laid paper. The margins are about 3/4" on all sides which appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is excellent. This impression is inscribed "No.81" from an unknown edition.
$900

Improvization I -  VAN DOOREN

Improvization I
EDMOND VAN DOOREN
Belgian, (1896-1965)
Linocut, 1920-21, small edition (perhaps 50 impressions). 10 x 7 1/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in fine condition with full margins. Van Dooren's importance as part of the Belgian avant-garde cannot be underestimated. This work was published by the Antwerp circle of artists known as Het Overzicht (The Overview) of which Jozef Peeters and Michel Seuphor were members. They also published works by Karel Maes. van Doesburg (De Stijl) was a prominent influence. This potent image represents the best work of the artist.
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Compositie (Stilleven) Composition (Still Life) -  VAN HEEMSKERCK

Compositie (Stilleven) Composition (Still Life)
JACOBA VAN HEEMSKERCK
Dutch, (1876-1923)
Woodcut, 1916, Huussen/van Paaschen-Louwerse 313, edition probably 30. 8 x 11 in. Signed in pencil, lower left. A superb impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good. (There is slight, subtle foxing showing in the margins and minor wrinkles in the margins from the printing process.) Van Heemskerck produced a remarkable series of woodcuts dating from about 1915-1921. This avant garde work was certainly out of the mainstream of Dutch aesthetics at the time and she was influenced by Mondrian and the writings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). She exhibited regularly in Germany through her connections with Herwarth Walden and Galerie der Sturm (Berlin) and her work was greatly admired there and acquired by collectors. Van Heemskerck also excelled in stained glass and received many commissions for this work. Impressions of this print are located in the Rijksprentenkabinet and the Stedelijk.
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Composition (Compositie) -  VAN HEEMSKERCK

Composition (Compositie)
JACOBA VAN HEEMSKERCK
Dutch, (1876-1923)
Woodcut, circa 1915-1916, Not listed in Hussen / van Paaschen-Louwerse, edition probably about 30 impressions. 6 3/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower left. This is a superb impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Van Heemskerck produced a remarkable series of woodcuts dating from about 1915-1921. This avant garde work was certainly out of the mainstream of Dutch aesthetics at the time and she was influenced by Mondrian and the writings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). She exhibited regularly in Germany through her connections with Herwarth Walden and Galerie der Sturm (Berlin) and her work was greatly admired there and acquired by collectors. Van Heemskerck also excelled in stained glass and received many commissions for this work.
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High in the Pyrenees Mountains (Hautes Pyrenees, bergenlandschap) -  VAN ROGGEN

High in the Pyrenees Mountains (Hautes Pyrenees, bergenlandschap)
JOHANNES GRAADT VAN ROGGEN
Dutch, (1867-1959)
Woodcut, 1922, Nijmeegs Museum catalogue E19, edition unknown. 15 x 19 1/2 in. Signed in the block with the artist's monogram, lower left. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on tissue-thin Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good. (There's soft creasing here and there as a result of the printing process.) Graadt van Roggen was an etcher and woodcut artist and his best work, as shown here, is decidedly expressionist in nature. A few of his woodcuts were printed in color. He lived and worked in Bergen and he was a deaf from an early age. Ex-collection: Nijmeegs Museum, Holland.
$850

Le Garde-Champetre -  VAN STRATEN

Le Garde-Champetre
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Woodcut, 1937, Raskin 106; edition 65. 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the block and signed in pencil. This is a fine, dark impression on Japanese paper. Wide margins. Van Straten studied in Antwerp and was influenced by Masereel and Dufy. He's one of the preeminent Belgian expressionist printmakers from the 1930s.
$2,000

The Navigator (De Zeevaarder) -  VAN STRATEN

The Navigator (De Zeevaarder)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Linoleum cut, 1931, Raskin 79, edition 25. 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression on thick, fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good. This is an artist's proof apart from the edition of 25. The block for this print and two working drawings are in the Prentenkabinet, Antwerp.
$3,500

La Tentation de Saint-Antoine (The Temptation of Saint Anthony) -  VAN STRATEN

La Tentation de Saint-Antoine (The Temptation of Saint Anthony)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Suite of eight linocuts, 1921, Raskin page 120, edition 220. Each print measures about 8 x 4 1/2 in. Each print is signed in pencil with the artist's initials. The impressions are all fine and the condition is excellent. This early, expressionist effort by van Straten shows the influence of German printmaking as well as the work of Frans Masereel. This fine set was published by Lumiere, Antwerp. Provenance: private collection, Antwerp.
$2,000

La Dormeuse (The Sleeper) -  VAN STRATEN

La Dormeuse (The Sleeper)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Suite of seven linocuts, 1921, Raskin page 122, edition 220. Each print measures about 6 x 5 in. Signed on the title page in pencil. These are fine impressions in fine condition with full margins. Inspired by the poem "The Sleeper" by Edgar Allen Poe (1831), La Dormeuse was one of van Straten's early block books and this particular effort won him the Lumière graphic art prize. Provenance: private collection, Antwerp.
$1,800

Meisje van de Far West (Young Lady of the Far West) -  VAN STRATEN

Meisje van de Far West (Young Lady of the Far West)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Linoleum cut, 1932, Raskin 82, edition 25. 11 x 7 1/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "no.4" in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on cream, fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from an occasional foxing(?) specks in the margins only. Van Straten examined a wide range of subjects; nightclub scenes, immigrants and the less fortunate, sailors, and erotica. He was often humorous in his outlook and this particular print is his 1930s view of Hollywood as seen though the eyes of a European.
$2,500

Nuremberg, Germany -  VELDHEER

Nuremberg, Germany
J. G. VELDHEER
Dutch, (1866-1954)
Wood engraving, circa 1900-10, edition unknown. 12 5/8 x 7 in. Signed in the block and signed in pencil. A fine impression in very good condition. The margins are wide and probably full. (There's a very faint suggestion of foxing here and there.) Published by S.L. van Looy, Amsterdam. Veldheer produced a series of highly detailed wood engravings based on his German travels.
$500

Portrait of Theo van Hoytema -  VELDHEER

Portrait of Theo van Hoytema
J. G. VELDHEER
Dutch, (1866-1954)
Wood engraving (woodcut?), circa 1913, small edition. 6 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. Signed in pencil and also inscribed "proefdruk." This is a fine impression of an uncommon print. This is the full, untrimmed sheet with a deckle edge all around. The condition is fine other than minor paper imperfections, one in the blank area at left, and an old fold in the lower margin. This important portrait is illustrated on page 16 of Theo van Hoytema 1863-1917, the 1999 exhibition catalogue for the Drents Museum/Gemeentemuseum show about the artist. An impression of this work is located in the Rijksmuseum collection.
$900

Flamingos -  VERSTIJNEN

Flamingos
HENRI VERSTIJNEN
Dutch, (1882-1940)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1931, edition unknown. 19 3/8 x 13 5/8 in. Initialed in the block and signed and titled in pencil. A superb impression of this rare print. The margins are wide and the condition is fine. (There's a small repair to the upper right margin corner.) Verstijnen started out as a glass and ceramic designer in Gouda and then Maastricht. He later established himself in the Hague (1918) at the Pulchri Studio and with "Haagse Kunstkring" and specialized in printmaking and paintings of floral and animal subjects. An important retrospective exhibition was held in 2006-07 at the Drents Museum and also at the Museum Mestag, both in Holland. His large woodcuts are exceptional and also quite rare. Flamingos was printed from four blocks and is so inscribed.
$2,200

Silver Heron with Lotus (Zilverreiger met Lotus) -  VERSTIJNEN

Silver Heron with Lotus (Zilverreiger met Lotus)
HENRI VERSTIJNEN
Dutch, (1882-1940)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1931, edition unknown. 19 3/4 x 14 1/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good. (There are traces of old hinges at the four margin corners.) Verstijnen started out as a glass and ceramic designer in Gouda and then Maastricht. He later established himself in the Hague (1918) at the Pulchri Studio and with "Haagse Kunstkring" and specialized in printmaking and paintings of floral and animal subjects. An important retrospective exhibition was held in 2006-07 at the Drents Museum and also at the Museum Mestag, both in Holland. His large woodcuts are exceptional and also quite rare. The Silver Heron was printed from four blocks and is so inscribed.
$2,200

The Bather -  VETTINIER

The Bather
JEAN BAPTISTE VETTINIER
French, (1871-1935)
Woodcut, 1926, edition 160. 8 3/8 x 6 1/8 in. Signed in the block with the monogram and signed in pencil lower right. A fine impression in fine condition with full margins. This print was published in conjunction with the Societe de la Gravure sur Bois Originale, Paris. (See Lugt 1140a)
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