Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita prints for sale

Dutch, 1868-1944

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Aristotle's Deer -  MESQUITA

Aristotle's Deer
Woodcut, 1925, van Es H118, only 14 impressions have been located. 17 3/4 x 16 1/4 in. Signed in pencil within the image, upper right corner. This is a fine impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide if not full. The condition is fine. This large work exemplifies Mesquita's bold sense of design and his quest for simplicity. Like most of the artist's prints this work is rare.
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Cactus with Self Portrait (Cactus met Zelfportret) -  MESQUITA

Cactus with Self Portrait (Cactus met Zelfportret)
Woodcut, 1926-29, Van Es H120, only 18 other impressions are known and referenced in the catalogue. 15 x 8 1/2 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb, rich impression printed on very thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is very good apart from some wrinkling in the upper margin near the edge of the sheet. Mesquita produced a substantial number of self portraits and this is one of finest. For most of his prints, the editions are small and many works were destroyed when his studio was ransacked by the Nazis. His life, and that of his wife, Elisabeth, ended in Auschwitz.
$8,000

City Hall, Haarlem (Stadhuis, Haarlem) -  MESQUITA

City Hall, Haarlem (Stadhuis, Haarlem)
Etching, 1911, van Es D37, 5 impressions cited in the catalogue. 16 1/2 x 20 3/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in the plate, upper right. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression of this large work. The paper is a cream laid with full margins. The condition is excellent. This exquisite architectural study is unusual for the artist and may have been some kind of commission. The building is still the site for marriage ceremonies and couples were once able to stand on the balcony above the door and greet their guests and onlookers.
$2,000

Cockatoo (Kaketoe) -  MESQUITA

Cockatoo (Kaketoe)
Etching, 1916, Van Es D 049, edition unknown. 13 3/4 x 8 in. Signed and dated in the plate; signed in pencil lower right and inscribed "No 12 in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine. The raisonne traces three impressions, one of which is numbered "24" in pencil. This wonderful, early work is very rare.
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Extase -  MESQUITA

Extase
Color woodcut printed on thin japanese paper, 1914, edition probably fewer than fifty. 12 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. Signed in pencil. The margins are substantial but somewhat trimmed. An unusual color variant for this print. Mesquita was M.C. Escher's teacher and friend.
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Extasy (Extase) -  MESQUITA

Extasy (Extase)
Woodcut, 1922, van Es H102 (iv or v/V); the catalogue lists only 16 known impressions. 12 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. A superb impression printed on very thin cream Japanese paper. The margins appear to be full but are uneven on the top and bottom. There's a trace of old hinges at the top corners, verso. Stylistically, this engaging work has an art nouveau look and symbolist overtones. The female figure is a favorite subject of the artist and this is a very fine example. The vast majority of Mesquita's prints exist in editions of twenty or fewer impressions.
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Fantasy:  Elongated Figures and Heads in Profile  (Fantasie: langgerekte figuren met aan weerszijden profielkoppen) -  MESQUITA

Fantasy: Elongated Figures and Heads in Profile (Fantasie: langgerekte figuren met aan weerszijden profielkoppen)
Etching, 1922, Van Es D92, edition unknown. 6 1/4 x 11 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression printed with rich plate tone. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This is a nice example of Mesquita's "sensitivic" caricature etching style which began about 1910 and lasted until 1940. He produced these works in small editions and they were done primarily for fun but they also have mystical and religious overtones and are ripe with social commentary. They are unique in the history of Dutch art and are an important aspect of Mesquita's graphic work.
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Fantasy; Multiple Figures and Faces -  MESQUITA

Fantasy; Multiple Figures and Faces
Etching, 1925, van Es D112, small edition 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. Signed and dated in the plate and signed in pencil. A fine impression printed with tone on a heavy sheet of VAN GELDER ZONEN paper. Full margins. Fine condition. The catalogue raisonne cites four known impressions. This is among the largest of Mesquita's "sensitivic" etchings.
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Floral Abstraction -  MESQUITA

Floral Abstraction
Woodcut printed on very thin Japanese paper, 1933, edition unknown but certainly quite small. 7 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. Signed and dated in pencil. A superb impression of this rare print. Fine condition. An exceptional example of art as decoration. This is an underlying theme of early 20th century Dutch graphic and applied arts.
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Horse and Cart (Huifkar) -  MESQUITA

Horse and Cart (Huifkar)
Woodcut, 1925, van Es H119 (i/II); from a very small edition (the catalogue lists only two known impressions). 8 x 9 15/16 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is fine apart from occasional subtle rippling in the sheet due to the printing process and thinness of the paper. This beautifully designed woodcut is extremely rare with two impressions listed; one in each of the two states and now this first state impression.
$2,800

Paaschduin (Holland) -  MESQUITA

Paaschduin (Holland)
Woodcut, 1928, Van Es H 136 (i(?)/V); edition at least 7. 9 x 21 3/4 in. Signed and dated in pencil and inscribed "1st druk" (first impression). This is a superb impression printed on tissue-thin Japanese paper and touched with blue watercolor in the sky. The margins are full but irregular at the right side and lower right corner. The condition is very good overall. Mesquita produced very few landscapes and this is the best. His sense of humor and flair for fantastic depictions of the human figure surface here with the two faces depicted in the clouds. The recently published catalogue raisonne lists only six known impressions apart from this one. Provenance: Private collection, Amsterdam.
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