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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.
$2,000

The Trees of the Standing Stones, Dunstaffnge -  ALEXANDER

The Trees of the Standing Stones, Dunstaffnge
ANN D. ALEXANDER
Scottish, (b. 1890)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1936, edition 50. 7 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. A fine impression on thin Japanese paper. Full margins. Very good condition. (Small color specks in the sky; faint discoloration within the previous mat opening.)
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.
$1,800

Three Birds -  AVERY

Three Birds
MILTON AVERY
American, (1893-1965)
Woodcut printed in blue and black, 1952, Lunn 43ii, edition of 15. 9 1/2 x 25 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are probably full and untrimmed. The condition is generally fine. (There's some stray printers ink in the margins which is not uncommon with Avery's woodcuts.) This captivating, large work is one of his finest prints done in the woodcut medium, particularly in this color combination. (There were also fifteen impressions in black and twenty in yellow and black.) Avery loved depicting whimsical birds as subject and there are paintings that relate to this image. Avery was introduced to the medium by fellow artist, Steve Pace. He printed his own blocks, sometimes with the assistance of his wife and daughter.
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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

Book of Revelation, XII (7-12), War in Heaven -  DELHEZ

Book of Revelation, XII (7-12), War in Heaven
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1901-1985)
Wood engraving, 1957, small edition. 15 5/8 x 13 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Initialed in the block. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition with full margins.
$1,200

To Be Or Not To Be -  DELHEZ

To Be Or Not To Be
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1901-1985)
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.
$850

Portrait of the Artist as Ulenspiegel -  DELHEZ

Portrait of the Artist as Ulenspiegel
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1901-1985)
Wood engraving, undated, Small edition. 12 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste." The character "Thyl Ulenspiegel" is well-known in Flemish folklore. He is a person who tells the truth in the form of a joke, holding a mirror to the people. The first appearance of Ulenspiegel has its origins in the Middle Ages. But the most famous one is the 19th century novel by Charles de Coster, written in French, a book that was considered revolutionary at the time. Ulenspiegel is, in this book, a young Protestant fighting the Spanish rulers and the Roman Catholic Church. This was a favorite book of the artist. Telling the "truth" in a hidden form pleased Delhez very much.
$850

Three Virtues (Drie Deugend) -  DELHEZ

Three Virtues (Drie Deugend)
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1901-1985)
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

The Seventh Veil (De Zevende Sluier) -  DELHEZ

The Seventh Veil (De Zevende Sluier)
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1901-1985)
Wood engraving, 1949, small edition. 11 7/8 x 9 in. Signed in the block with the monogram. Signed and titled in pencil and inscribed, "épreuve d'artiste." This is a fine, dramatic impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This is plate XXVIII from Delhez's Danse Macabre series. Essentially, it's a study in psychoanalysis with a woman on a table and the doctor behind her. Delhez was fascinated by film and cinematography and this complex, bizarre vision reflects this interest.
$850

Steen II (Stone Series II) -  DELHEZ

Steen II (Stone Series II)
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1901-1985)
Wood engraving, 1944-1945, Breda catalogue 608, edition unknown. 15 5/8 x 12 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "épreuve d'artiste." This is a fine impression in very good condition. The margins are full. The description in the Breda catalogue describes this image as "modern moederschap," or, modern motherhood. Delhez's Steen series was dedicated to Lorenzo Domínguez (1901-1963), the Latin American sculptor who was a friend of the artist.
$1,250

Angel Hovering over a Town with two Levels and many Bridges (Engel Boven tweeplannige Stad met veel Viadukten) (Steen IV) -  DELHEZ

Angel Hovering over a Town with two Levels and many Bridges (Engel Boven tweeplannige Stad met veel Viadukten) (Steen IV)
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1901-1985)
Wood engraving, 1945, Breda catalogue 619, edition unknown. 15 5/8 x 13 in. Signed and titled in pencil; also inscribed, "épreuve d'artiste." This is a superb impression of this tour de force of wood engraving. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This print combines architectural fantasy work, which Delhez mastered in the series "Architecture and Nostalgia," with his interest in the two dimensional sculpted figure. He was a visionary in both his combination of subjects and his ability to transform the medium into something beyond the skills of his contemporaries.
$1,400

Looking Back Wandering Star (Terugziende Dwaalster) (Steen IV) -  DELHEZ

Looking Back Wandering Star (Terugziende Dwaalster) (Steen IV)
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1901-1985)
Wood engraving, 1944-45, Breda catalogue 613, edition unknown. 15 5/8 x 12 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil and inscribed "épreuve d'artiste. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This is one of Delhez's most respected and memorable prints. As with the other works from his celebrated Steen (Piedra) series, a two dimensional medium, wood engraving, is used to convey a sculptural, three dimensional image in an imaginary landscape. The Breda catalogue raisonné does not provide any details regarding the meaning of this print. So often, the iconography of his work is obscure, complex and sometimes quite humorous. His prints often defy explanation in a surrealist kind of way and that may be the case here. This print is illustrated in Eugene Rouir's classic survey on modern Belgian printmaking, 150 Ans de Gravure en Belge (1980).
$1,500

Partijganger (Partisan) -  DELHEZ

Partijganger (Partisan)
VICTOR DELHEZ
Belgian, (1901-1985)
Wood engraving, 1948, Breda catalogue 496, edition unknown. 11 3/4 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This compelling image is Plate 23 from the series "Danse Macabre." Dehlez again presents himself as both artist and thinker. On the left we see the artist's strong Christian faith being represented and and the right shows symbols of fascism, money (greed), lust and even freemasonry. One translation of the title is "fanatic adept."
$900

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.
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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.
$6,500

Nightclub Scene -  DOM

Nightclub Scene
POL DOM
Dutch, (b. 1885)
Linoleum cut, circa 1930, edition unknown. 11 3/8 x 10 in. Signed in pencil lower right. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Dom was a fine painter as well as a graphic artist. He spent time working in Belgium as well as Holland. His work is well represented in the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague. This is probably his best known block print.
$900

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

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