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    A Look Inside the Catalogue




    Henri Matisse

    Lot 416: Henri Matisse, La Danse, color aquatint, 1935-36. Sold for $93,750.





    Modern European Masters


    Following the success of September's 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings sale, headlined by original works by Austrian modern masters Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, our exceptional offerings in March inaugurate the Prints & Drawings department's spring season with a range of works by both American and European masters. An outstanding selection of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture by Modern European masters such as George Braque, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso will be included.









    Left, Lot 434: Wassily Kandinsky, Lithographie Blau, color lithograph, 1922. Sold for $27,500.





    19th Century Prints


    The auction begins with 19th-century prints and drawings, highlighted with fine works by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Seurat and James A.M. Whistler.





    Right, Lot 108: Georges Seurat, Torse d'homme, vu de dos, lithograph, circa 1890. Sold for $45,000.



    Winslow Homer

    Lot 159: Winslow Homer, Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake, etching with aquatint, 1889. Sold for $87,500.




    American Regionalism and New York City


    An impressive selection of iconic prints with a focus on Regionalism and New York City scenes, featuring Martin Lewis's Shadow Dance, 1930, cements the American prints and drawings section. Born in Australia, transplanted New Yorker Martin Lewis (1881-1962) is among the most celebrated American printmakers of the first half of the 20th century. While many of his contemporaries explored the ever changing New York city-scape by capturing its evolving architecture, Lewis was fascinated with the ways in which people lived their everyday city lives. Also well-represented in the auction, George Bellows, one of the "Ashcan School" of American artists, was likewise known for scenes the New York quotidian. Though grouped by art critics of his day with the "Ashcan School" Edward Hopper rejected the label, opting for a more independant artistic path, evoked by his iconic Night Shadows in its display of isolation and silence.




               19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings     Edward Hopper

    Left, Lot 249: Martin Lewis, Shadow Dance, drypoint and sand-ground, 1930. Sold for $47,500. 

    Right, Lot 210: Edward Hopper, Night Shadows, etching, 1921. Sold for $35,000.




    George Bellows

    Lot 172: George Bellows, The Pool-Player, lithograph, 1921. Sold for $30,000.



    19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings




    Printmaker Howard Cook had a strong interest in representations of New York, though his view was decidedly architectural. Many of Cook's lithographs feature readily recognizable buildings or stretches of cityscape, including the view of the precisionist Financial District seen at left. Reginald Marsh captures the coaction of figures in a scene beneath the El on the Bowery in Tattoo-Shave-Haircut (seen below), an important American etching made in the same year (1932) as his tempera painting of that same lower east side scene entitled Tattoo and Haircut












    Left, Lot 242: Howard Cook, Financial District, lithograph, 1931. Sold for $9,375. 





    Of the Regionalists included in the sale, including the great "triumverate" of Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and John Stueart Curry, Wood's lithograph Sultry Night stands out as the only nude ever represented by a Regionalist artist. The lithograph so shocked the postmaster that he refused to send what he considered to be an indecent image. Only 100 impressions of Sultry Night were produced and sold by the Association of American Artists in New York.



    Grant Wood

    Lot 286: Grant Wood, Sultry Night, lithograph, 1939. Sold for $20,000.






    For more information on any of the items in this sale, contact Specialist Todd Weyman