Swann’s March 7, 2013 auction of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings saw collectors in the U.S. and Europe focusing on works by well-known artists including Picasso, Matisse, Whistler, Hopper and Bellows, all of whom sold well. Among American art Benton Spruance’s Riders of the Apocalypse took the top spot. The 1943 lithograph sold for $45,600, an auction record for a print by the artist.
Benton Spruance, Riders of the Apocalypse, lithograph, 1943.
The highest-selling lot was Pablo Picasso’s Tête de Femme (Portrait Stylisé de Jacqueline), a linoleum cut that brought $48,000.
Pablo Picasso, Tête de Femme (Portrait Stylisé de Jacqueline), color linoleum cut, 1962.
Unique works also performed well in the auction. Sonia Delaunay’s Rayonist Compositionbrought $43,200. The colorful abstract work in watercolor, gouache and pencil once belonged to Gertrude Stein.
Sonia Delaunay, Rayonist Composition, watercolor, gouache and pencil.