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Exhibition Announcement -  LAZZELL

Exhibition Announcement
BLANCHE LAZZELL
American, (1878-1936)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1930, Shapiro/MFA 52, edition unknown. (image) 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (sheet) 10 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. This is a fine impression of this very rare print. The paper is a thin Japanese and the margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a small, barely visible 1/2" tear at the top edge at left and another tiny split at the bottom. This endearing Provincetown image captures the essence of what was happening in this New England artists community during the 1920s and 1930s. The sheet was first printed (or applied by hand) with this vibrant background color and then the image and text were printed, possibly from two separate blocks. This charming print is illustrated on page one of "From Paris to Provincetown: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut (2002).
$6,500

Cod Fishing -  LEIGHTON

Cod Fishing
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1949-50, BPL 613, edition 50. 9 1/2 in. in diameter. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a very good impression printed on thin Japan paper. The margins are full. Very good condition apart from a trace of an old adhesive along the outer left margin edge, verso. This is one of Leighton's twelve woodcut designs for New England industries which were also made into Wedgewood plates.
SOLD

La Cathédrale de Rouen -  LEPERE

La Cathédrale de Rouen
AUGUSTE LEPERE
French, (1849-1918)
Wood engraving, 1888, Lotz-Brissonneau 177 (iii/III), edition 50. 20 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and titled in the block, lower right. ("Rouen...A. Lepere del. sc.") Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on a very thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and the condition is fine. This masterpiece of wood engraving is one of Lepere's finest cathedral studies. A similar impression, also from the edition of 50, is in the Art Institute of Chicago.
$2,750

Ecce Homo -  MASEREEL

Ecce Homo
FRANS MASEREEL
Belgian, (1889-1972)
Woodcut, 1927, Vorms / von der Gabelentz 49, edition 22. 15 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. Initialed and dated in the block. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression of this rare early work, printed on cream wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is excellent apart from minor handling marks in the outer margins only. (The printed surface is pristine.) Masereel was one of the preeminent Belgian expressionist printmakers. He was prolific and most of his prints were small and published in books. Large, early, pencil signed works such as this are very hard to find today.
$3,800

Merry-go-Round, Paris -  MCMILLEN

Merry-go-Round, Paris
MILDRED MCMILLEN
American, (1884-circa 1940)
Woodcut, 1914, small edition. 9 1/4 x 10 3/4 in. Signed and dated on the original support sheet, lower right. A brilliant impression on china paper. Trimmed along the borderline as originally designed. Fine condition. This stunning, early print was done the year before the artist moved to Provincetown, MA. McMillen, who worked exclusively in black and white, is included in From Paris to Provincetown: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut (2002) by Barbara Stern Shapiro.
SOLD

Don Juan -  MEES

Don Juan
FOKKO MEES
Dutch, (1887-1968)
Wood engraving, 1930s, edition 30. 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. Signed in the block and signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition with full margins. A very American-like image by Mees. He excelled in blockprints in both large and small formats.
$500

Arata's Scheme -  MONSON

Arata's Scheme
JIM MONSON
American, (b. 1943)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1992, edition 75. 211/4 x 17 1/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Misumi Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. The artist began studying with Lasansky at the University of Iowa in 1965. In 1969, he moved to Paris and joined S.W. Hayter at his Atelier 17. He was working there from 1970 to 1973. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Carleton College, the College of the Holy Cross and others. Since 1985, he's been living and working in France where he continues to explore the reduction woodcut technique with great success.
$650

Uccello's Ring -  MONSON

Uccello's Ring
JIM MONSON
American, (b. 1943)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1994, edition 80. 16 7/8 x 20 3/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Misumi Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine.
$650

Venezia -  MONSON

Venezia
JIM MONSON
American, (b. 1943)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1998, edition 80. 16 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Misumi Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. The artist describes his work in the reduction woodcut medium as follows, "Color reduction printing is a gradual process of removing already printed areas of color; these zones will remain in their desired color and keep their intensity. The transition from warm colors to cool colors is made by printing multiple layers of opaque white ink (considered as a blockout). The entire edition is printed after each change of color nuance and when the process comes to an end, the printing surface has virtually disappeared to the point of becoming totally unusable."
$650

Candide -  MONSON

Candide
JIM MONSON
American, (b. 1943)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1999, edition 75. 16 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is also fine.
$650

The Witches Fire -  MOONY

The Witches Fire
ROBERT J. ENRAGHT MOONY
Irish, (1879-1946)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, small edition. 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. Signed, dated, titled and numbered "6" in pencil from an unknown edition. This is a superb impression with full but typically narrow margins. The condition is very good other than thin paper attached on all sides around the margin edges which we feel has been there from early on. Moony produced wonderful color woodcuts which relate to children's tales set in picturesque landscapes. More research needs to be done on this fascinating artist.
$1,200

An Old Story -  MOONY

An Old Story
ROBERT J. ENRAGHT MOONY
Irish, (1879-1946)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, edition unknown but certainly small. 8 x 9 1/2 in. Signed, dated, titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with dynamic, rich colors. The margins are modest but this is the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine. This impression is numbered "9" in pencil. This delightful print by this Irish artist has a distinctive arts and crafts flavor. His work often depicts these picturesque fairy tale settings with children at play. He was born in Doone, Althlone, and studied at Kingsley College, Devon. In Paris he studied with Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant.
SOLD

Spring Rhapsody -  MORTON

Spring Rhapsody
CONRAD & CAVENDISH MORTON
British, (active 1930s-1950s)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1934, edition unknown. 13 3/4 x 20 in. Signed in pencil by both artists, lower right. This is a fine, luminous impression with fresh colors. The paper is a sturdy Japanese and the margins are full. Apart from mild toning in the margins, the condition is very good overall. Like the brothers Detmold, the Cavendish twins both worked on their prints. They were largely self-taught and their work was shown and published by Colnaghi in London. They were born in 1911.
$1,400

Rain -  MURPHY

Rain
GLADYS WILKINS MURPHY
American, (1907-1985)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1930s, edition 50. 8 x 6 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine, atmospheric impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's a subtle wrinkle in the lower right corner margin well away from the image.) Murphy was a student and teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design. She exhibited with the Boston Art Club, the Society of American Etchers, the Philadelphia Print Club and the National Academy of Design.
$750

Silhouette -  MURPHY

Silhouette
GLADYS WILKINS MURPHY
American, (1907-1985)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1940, edition unknown (this impression inscribed 8 x 6 in. Signed and titled in pencil. It's a fine impression on Japanese paper. The condition is fine and the margins are full. (The left margin is very narrow but it's still the full sheet, untrimmed.) Murphy studied at the Rhode Island School of Design with Eliza Gardiner and she eventually taught there herself from 1928-1946.
SOLD

In the Shadows -  MURPHY

In the Shadows
JOHN J. A. MURPHY
American, (1888-1968)
Woodcut, 1921, Cole Gallery catalogue # 56, not listed in the Québec catalogue: edition unknown. 6 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Murphy's distinctive woodcuts are not so common today. The last known exhibition of his works was at the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec in 1997. When he was active he exhibited at the Keppel Gallery in New York and in London at the Leicester Gallery. He was married to the artist Cecil Buller.
$800

Paternity -  MURPHY

Paternity
JOHN J. A. MURPHY
American, (1888-1968)
Woodcut, 1923, Québec catalogue # 59, Cole Gallery catalogue # 122; edition unknown. 9 1/2 x 4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression of this rare print. The condition is fine and the margins are full. (There's just a faint, very subtle suggestion of foxing here and there in the margins.) Murphy's distinctive woodcuts are not so common today. The last known exhibition of his works was at the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Quebec in 1997. When he was active he exhibited at the Keppel Gallery in New York and in London at the Leicester Gallery. He was married to the artist Cecil Buller and her work was also included in the Quebec exhibition.
$950

Louisburg Square, Beacon Hill, Boston -  NASON

Louisburg Square, Beacon Hill, Boston
THOMAS NASON
American, (1889-1971)
Wood engraving, 1930, Boston Public Library 119, edition 70. 7 x 8 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression of this uncommon print. Very good condition.
SOLD

Le Pont d'Avignon -  NEEDELL

Le Pont d'Avignon
PHILIP G. NEEDELL
British, (1886-1974)
Color woodcut, 1925, edition 60. 9 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression with substantial but possibly trimmed margins.
$600

Swans -  NEUMANN

Swans
HANS NEUMANN
German, (1873-1957)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1920-30, edition unknown. 16 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. Signed in pencil and also initialed in the block with the artist's monogram. This is a fine, luminous impression in fine condition. The margins are about 3/4 inches on all sides. This outstanding woodcut was done in Munich and is so inscribed. His brother was Ernst Neumann, also an outstanding woodcut artist.
SOLD

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