American Prints

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Labor in a Diesel Plant -  CALAPAI

Labor in a Diesel Plant
LETTERIO CALAPAI
American, (1902-1993)
Wood engraving, 1940, edition 50. 15 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. Signed in the block, lower right. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are substantial and probably full. The condition is very good apart from some light toning within an early mat opening. This Boston born artist was involved with the New York WPA program in the 1930s. This is arguably his finest blockprint from his best period and impressions are found in the National Gallery, the Library of Congress and the Art Institute of Chicago.
$5,000

Taos (New Mexico) -  CAPPS

Taos (New Mexico)
CHARLES M. CAPPS
American, (1898-1981)
Etching and aquatint, 1948, Shaull / Elliott 21; edition 75. 7 7/8 x 12 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a very fine impression in fine condition. The margins are wide and probably full. One of his very best prints, "Taos" exemplifies the artist's remarkable command of the aquatint medium. Capps met Doel Reed in the early 1930s and he inspired Capps to make his first aquatint in 1933. He produced other Southwestern works and was active with the Prairie Printmakers.
SOLD

Blaze of Glory -  CASARELLA

Blaze of Glory
EDMOND CASARELLA
American, (1920-1996)
Paper relief print, 1959, edition 12. 15 x 13 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is excellent with the colors especially fresh. Ex-collection: James Heald. Casarella's innovative printmaking technique is discussed at length in David Acton's, A Spectrum of Innovation, Color in American Printmaking (1990), page 242. This is an outstanding example of his work.
$3,000

En Déshabillé (also called, Italian Girl) -  CASSATT

En Déshabillé (also called, Italian Girl)
MARY CASSATT
American, (1844-1926)
Drypoint, circa 1889, Breeskin 95, edition unknown. 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. Signed and numbered (No. 1) in pencil. This is a superb impression, rich with burr. The paper is a textured, white laid without a watermark. The margins are full and the condition is quite good apart from a little toning in the top part of the sheet and a couple of faint handling creases showing in the background. This lovely work is from the collection of Robert Hartshorne, New York, (Lugt 2215b.) His collector's stamp is on the verso in two places, one showing slightly though on the bevel below the image and above Cassatt's signature. This subject was one of more than sixty prints included in the important retrospective of her work held at Durand-Ruel in Paris, 1893.
$7,000

Black Maternity -  CATLETT

Black Maternity
ELIZABETH CATLETT
American, (1915-2012)
Lithograph, 1959, edition 50. 17 x 12 1/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression of this rare early work. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This powerful print shows the influence of the Mexican printmakers, most notably David Alfaro Siqueiros. She began working at the Taller de Gráfica Popular in in Mexico in 1946 and was active there until 1966. She married Francisco Mora and became a Mexican citizen. She was friendly with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. As quoted in a May, 2006 New York Times review of her work, " She also embraced more cheerful subject matter, producing portraits of black women and children and, later, the Hispanic and Indian populations at her home in Cuernvaca. Among the best of them is 'Black Maternity,' a tender and loving lithograph from 1959. It shows a young black woman holding her newborn child to her chest, their cheeks touching. There is no more anger here, just joy and love." This impression has been exhibited at the Brenau University Galleries in 2007 and at the North Carolina Central University Art Museum in 2001. Ex-collection: Reverend Douglas Moore and Dr. Doris Hughes-Moore.
SOLD

Manhattan Twilight -  CHAMBERLAIN

Manhattan Twilight
SAMUEL CHAMBERLAIN
American, (1895-1975)
Etching with mezzotint, 1932, Chamberlain/Kingsland 111, edition 100. 13 5/16 x 9 1/2 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. Here we have a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. Chamberlain produced six prints related to New York City and this is the finest.
SOLD

Soaring New York -  COOK

Soaring New York
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Aquatint and soft-ground etching, 1931 (date in pencil, 1932), Duffy 165, edition of 75. 8 7/8 x 11 3/4 in. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right. Numbered "3/40" in the lower left corner. This is a fine impression printed on a light cream wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good with faint traces of old tape adhesive showing along the margin edges, verso, and a small repair in the upper right margin corner, well away from the image. This rare print is located in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Georgetown University and the Dallas Museum of Art. Current scholarship lists five known states of this print and this is the fifth and final state. It's possible the entire edition was never printed given the rarity of this work.
SOLD

Country Store -  COOK

Country Store
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Etching, 1929, Duffy 106, edition 50 (40 printed). 5 7/8 x 9 in. Signed and numbered ("50") in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins appear to be full. The condition is fine apart from old hinges on the top corners of the sheet, verso. The location which inspired this print is Granville, MA which is not far from where the artist was born (Springfield, MA).
$1,500

Looking up Broadway -  COOK

Looking up Broadway
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Lithograph, 1937, Duffy 192, edition about 200. 13 x 9 1/2 in. Signed and date on the stone, lower left. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good apart from very slight time toning in the extreme outer edges of the sheet. This is from the unsigned edition published by the American Artists Group in New York. Duffy mentions there were also a few signed artist's proofs. This is an exceptional New York print and was included in the National Gallery Exhibition, "The Urban Scene 1920-1950," from February to August, 2017.
$3,600

Third Avenue Elevated #2 -  CRAWFORD

Third Avenue Elevated #2
RALSTON CRAWFORD
American, (1906-1978)
Lithograph printed in colors, 1951, Freeman L51.6, edition 24. 17 x 10 1/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression with extremely fresh colors. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This stellar work was printed by Desjobert in Paris. Five impressions are cited in the Freeman catalogue as belonging to museum collections. Crawford produced seven variations of the "Third Avenue El" title including a horizontal version in black and yellow.
SOLD

John Brown -  CURRY

John Brown
JOHN STEUART CURRY
American, (1897-1946)
Lithograph, 1939, Cole 34, edition 250. 14 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. Signed on the stone and signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in very good condition. The margins have been trimmed to 1/2" on the top and sides and 1" on the bottom. This iconic American print is illustrated and discussed in The American Scene, Prints from Hopper to Pollack (2008) by Stephen Coppel (see pages 136-139). The painting that relates to this lithograph is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
$5,500

Prize Stallions -  CURRY

Prize Stallions
JOHN STEUART CURRY
American, (1897-1946)
Lithograph, 1938, Cole 31, edition 250. 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. Initialed and dated on the stone. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in very good condition. The margins are full. This print was published by Associated American Artists. Most of Curry's lithographs were printed by George Miller in New York.
SOLD

Our Good Earth -  CURRY

Our Good Earth
JOHN STEUART CURRY
American, (1897-1946)
Lithograph, 1942, edition 250. 12 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. Initialed on the stone, lower right. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This work was published by Associated American Artists in New York. The painting of this subject is located at the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin. A preliminary drawing is at the Beach Museum of Kansas State University.
SOLD

Ride a Cock Horse -  DEMARTELLY

Ride a Cock Horse
JOHN DEMARTELLY
American, (1903-1980)
Lithograph, 1940, Zink 26, edition 250. 9 3/8 x 12 1/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent and we have to original AAA label which goes with the print. Theis scene depicts the artist's wife playing with their first child while there were living in Kansas City. A painting of the subject is in the Whitney Museum.
$750

Marsh Island, Ipswich -  DOW

Marsh Island, Ipswich
ARTHUR WESLEY DOW
American, (1857-1922)
Color metal relief print, 1901, edition about 800. 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. Unsigned as usual. A fine impression with full margins. Light struck. With the printed information in the lower left: "Marsh Island, Ipswich Prints, Series M, Print 1, copyright 1901 by Arthur W. Dow, Ipswich, MA." These works were used as teaching aids for Dow's many students.
$400

Laguna, Venice -  DUVENECK

Laguna, Venice
FRANK DUVENECK
American, (1848-1919)
Etching, 1880, Poole 11, edition 40. 7 15/16 x 13 1/2 in. Initialed in the plate, lower right. Signed in pencil, lower left. This is a very fine impression printed with light plate tone. The margins appear to be full and the condition is excellent. This very rare print was published by Robert Dunthorne, London, in an edition of 40 under the the title "View of Shipping from the Riva." Twenty-five impressions were signed and fifteen were unsigned. The printer was Frederick Goulding. This stellar print is illustrated and discussed in the Stamp of Whistler by Robert Getscher (1977), (entry 88), pages 154-155. The Doge's Palace and the Campanile of St. Mark's are shown in the background. Provenance: Hirschl & Adler, New York (See their catalogue, The American Image (1982), entry # 27.)
$5,800

Americana -  FABRI

Americana
RALPH FABRI
American, (1894-1975)
Etching, 1948, edition probably about 100. 7 7/8 x 9 5/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from old paper hinges near the top corners, verso. This compendium of American imagery includes: the US Capitol Building, cowboys and indians, farmers, an industrial scene, boxing, Miss America, big city skyscrapers, a ferris wheel and the artist's palette. This entertaining print was published by the Society of American Etchers.
$650

Under the Bridge  -  FAYE

Under the Bridge
HAROLD FAYE
American, (1910-1980)
Lithograph, 1938, edition probably about 25 impressions. 15 7/8 x 11 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good apart from very minor staining and handling creases in the margins. Faye was born in Illinois and later moved to New York. He studied at the Art Students League and was active in the NYC WPA program as a lithographer. This large print is listed in the Newark Museum collection as a WPA print from 1938. (Our impression is not stamped.) Another impression is listed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The bridge shown in this scene is the Queensboro Bridge. A retrospective of his lithographs was held at the Hudson River Museum in 1987.
$1,500

Waterfront, Manhattan -  FIENE

Waterfront, Manhattan
ERNEST FIENE
American, (1894-1965)
Lithograph, 1931, edition 100. 11 x 17 3/4 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. Titled in pencil in the lower margin. The print is also dedicated in pencil, "to Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Ronnebeck." Here we have a fine, rich impression with full margins. The condition is very good other than for minor soiling here and there in the outer margins and a tiny tear at the left edge. This is one of Fiene's best prints.
$1,400

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(?), almost 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.
$10,000

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