Old Master Through Modern Prints

Featuring Works from the Collection of Matthew Rutenberg

At Auction May 21*

*This auction has been rescheduled from its original date, and will now be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM ET, previewing online only. The auction itself will be held live and will be conducted remotely by Swann auctioneers taking bids from multiple platforms. At this time, our exhibition and auction location at 104 East 25th Street is closed.

Lot 501: Marc Chagall, Les Amoureux sous l’Arbre, color aquatint and etching, 1968. $6,000 to $9,000.

With the largest selection of old master prints to be found at auction in America as well as important modern graphics, this sale offers an impressive array of fine works, including a special section dedicated to fine old master prints and drawings from the Collection of Matthew Rutenberg. Included among the Old Master artists are exceptional examples by Albrecht Dürer, Pieter Bruegel, Hendrick Goltzius, Giovanni B. Piranesi and Francisco José de Goya. There are many fine works by Rembrandt van Rijn, including lifetime impressions of the etchings Self Portrait with Raised Sabre, 1634; Landscape with an Obelisk, circa 1650; and The Good Samaritan, 1633.

Nineteenth-century works include Mary Cassatt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and James A.M. Whistler, and Modernists are represented by Erich Heckel, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, and Jacques Villon.

Modern Prints

Lot 417: Jacques Villon, Monsieur D. Lisant, drypoint, 1913. $25,000 to $35,000.
Lot 434: Henri Matisse, Jazz: Le Lanceur de Couteaux, color pochoir, 1947. $8,000 to $12,000.
Lot 449: Erich Heckel, Männerbildnis, color woodcut, 1919. $40,000 to $60,000.
Lot 409: Pablo Picasso, Faune dévoilant une femme, aquatint, etching and scraper, 1934. $50,000 to $80,000.

American Artists

Lot 349: Edward Hopper, Maine Coast, etching, 1915-18. $20,000 to $30,000.
Lot 363: Martin Lewis, Fifth Avenue Bridge, drypoint, 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.

Latin American Artists

Lot 402: Rufino Tamayo, Galaxia, color Mixografía, 1977. $10,000 to $15,000.
Lot 403: Roberto Matta, Etoile des Jardins, color etching, aquatint and carborundum, 1995. $8,000 to $12,000.

Nineteenth-Century Prints

Lot 323: Mary Cassatt, Hélène of Septeuil, drypoint, circa 1890. $7,000 to $10,000.
Lot 311: James A.M. Whistler, The Two Doorways, etching and drypoint, 1879-80. $12,000 to $18,000.

Old Master Prints

Lot 285: Francisco José de Goya, Modo de Volar, aquatint and etching, circa 1824. $7,000 to $10,000.
Lot 240: Rembrandt van Rijn, Abraham Entertaining the Angels, etching and drypoint, 1656. $40,000 to $60,000.
Lot 176: Jacques Bellange, Military Figures outside a City, etching and engraving, circa 1605. $7,000 to $10,000.
Lot 115: Albrecht Dürer, The Vision of the Seven Candlesticks, woodcut, 1498. $15,000 to $20,000.

Fine Old Master Prints & Drawings from the Collection of Matthew Rutenberg

Further Reading: John Marciari, of the Morgan Library & Museum, on Rutenberg’s Life as a Connoisseur

Lot 2: A Sheet of Studies of Flying Putti, Sienese School, late 16th century, black chalk with white heightening. $3,000 to $5,000.
Lot 67: Julio González, Standing Female Nude, black and white chalk, 1916. $7,000 to $10,000.
Lot 91: Jacob Philipp Hackert, Ruins of the Temple of Diana, Nîmes, watercolor, pen and ink. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.

Previewing Online Only

This auction will be held live and conducted remotely by Swann auctioneers taking bids from multiple platforms. While there will not be bidding in the room, we will be accepting order bids, and interested buyers will be able to participate live online via the Swann Galleries App. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play, and it can also be accessed on a desktop at live.swanngalleries.com. Please note: limited phone bidding will be available for this auction. Phone bidding registrations will close the day before the sale at 4pm.

At this time, our exhibition and auction location at 104 East 25th Street is closed to the public. In lieu of a physical exhibition, you may request condition reports from our specialists. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Specialist for the Auction

Todd Weyman, Prints & Drawings Specialist


(212) 254-4710 ext. 32

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