20th Century American Prints

20th Century American Artists

Most collectors consider this etching, "Venetian Mirror" (The Grand Canal, Venice) by John Taylor Arms his masterpiece....This original etching  created and printed in 1935 has an image size of 6 1/4X14 1/4 inches on a sheet size of 10 3/8X18 inches.  It was printed on a laid type paper with the "David Strang" watermark.  Strang was also the printer of this edition for Arms, numbered "II"  with edition of 100 written in pencil.  There is also an inscription to Mr. Kenneth Jaffray Warm Regards, and signed twice in pencil.  The detail is beyond belief, a true "tour de force". By one of the finest American printmakers.   This etching appears in the Fletcher catalog as image number 289.  Archivally Framed.

$4200.00

This is a drypoint etching from 1939. #40 in his "French Church" series. Catalog: Fletcher 317. Edition of 312, an early proof of the second and final state. The blue paper and inky fingerprints on the back of the paper indicate that this is likely a trial proof. Plate measures 14 3/4 x 12 inches on blue watermarked laid paper. Alternatively titled "The North Portal of Chartres Cathedral." Pencil signed and dated in the lower right. Winner of the Artist Member Prize, Annual Exhibition, Baltimore Water Color Club, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1939. It took the artist about 1,000 hours to etch this print, and upon closer inspection of the captivating detail in every single piece of stone, it's clear to see why. One of his most sought-after prints.

$2850.00

This is one of the finest sporting etchings by well known American artist Frank Benson.  The title of this work is "Deer Hunter", it was created and printed in 1924 in an edition of 150 signed proofs.  The image measures 7 7/8X10 7/8 inches.  Printed on medium weight wove type paper,  pencil signed lower left border.  Very good condition apart from some old paper tape glue remains at the extreme edges of the sheet, well outside of the image area.  Fine use of Plate tone in the River area.  

$2450.00

Original pencil signed drypoint etching by American artist Frank Benson 1862-1951. The title of this work is "The Landing", created and printed in 1915 in an edition of only 50. The image measures 7 1/4X11 1/4 inches. Printed on Shogun watermarked paper. The etching appears in the Ordeman catalog as image number 70. The setting of this image was Fox Island on Penobscot Bay. Excellent condition matted not framed. Editioned as 46/50.

$2200.00

This is an original pencil signed lithograph by American artist Robert Riggs.  The title of this work is: "The Third Round", it was created and printed in 1932, one of a series of Boxing images that Riggs is best known for.  The size of this image is impressive.  The image measures 14 3/8X19 3/8 inches.  Very fine condition, framed, archival materials.  "Robert Riggs's dream at age eleven was to join the traveling carnival troupes that he saw in Decatur and picture in a hundred or so drawings that reveal his precocious talent. After studies at the Art Students League in New York from 1915-1917, he worked as an illustrator for the Philadelphia advertising agency N.W. Ayer and Son. In 1918 he spent time in Paris, where he took courses at the Academie Julian. He produced his first lithograph in 1932, on themes from the popular world of boxing "

$1850.00

An early etching by Gene Kloss, this is a very richly inked scene of boats moored on the quiet harbor waters of San Francisco Bay. The image size is 9 x 10 inches, published in 1935 in a small edition of 75, pencil signed, titled and numbered. Gene Kloss was born in California as Alice Geneva Glasier, changing her name when she married the poet, Phillip Kloss in 1925. On their honeymoon, the Kloss's traveled to and fell in love with Taos, New Mexico. For over a decade they split their time between Taos and Berkely, CA; Gene Kloss becoming a central figure in the artistic communities of both states. This etching is in pristine condition and features a richly inked impression with superb plate tone on a heavy weight wove type paper.

$1800.00

Lithograph, image size 15 3/8 x 18 inches, 1932, pencil signed. Born in Poland, Max Weber emigrated to Brooklyn, New York with his family at the age of 10. He went on to study art at the Pratt Institute in Boston, then traveled to Europe where he was influenced by the groundbreaking work of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Henri Rousseau. Weber returned to America, bringing with him the cubist and modernist ideas and techniques that he learned in Europe, and is considered by many to be one of the forefathers of American modernism.

$1650.00

This is a very cool lithograph on zinc, image size 12 5/8 x 17 7/8 inches, 1919-1920, from a very small edition of 27 or fewer impressions, cat: Czestochowski-134, printed by Bolton Brown, pencil signed. Provenance: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Davies was a truly remarkable artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries known for his dreamlike etchings and lithographs. In his catalog raisonne of Davies work, Czestochowski writes "In a time of social, political, scientific and artistic upheaval, Davies hewed to an unwavering inner vision, one of classically graceful figures in an eternal dance with nature." This image is a beautiful homage to the ancient Greeks, which Davies portrays in his distinctive style that is at once quite classical and quite modern.

$1650.00

Etching, image size 6 3/8 X 14 9/16 inches, printed in 1942 by Charles White in an edition of 150, 2nd state proof, numbered "II", cat: Fletcher-370, pencil signed and dated. This atmospheric etching is a great example of the delicate lines and precise detail for which Arms was known. This image won several awards in the early 1940s; the Mrs. Henry F Noyes Memorial Prize for best print at the 27th Annual Exhibition of the Society of American Etchers, New York, N.Y. 1943; the First Prize in Black and White Section at the 12th Annual Exhibition of the Irvington Art and Museum Association, Irvington, N. J. 1945; and the First Prize in Black and White at the Annual Art Exhibition of the Bridgeport Art League, Bridgeport, CT. 1945.

$1600.00

This is an original color aquatint etching by American artist John Taylor Arms.  The title of this image is "Loop-The-Loop".  It was created and printed in 1921, in an edition of 25 signed impressions.  This one is pencil signed dated and titled lower border.  Very fine condition.  This is a rarely seen etching by this great American printmaker.  The image measures 6X4 inches printed on a medium weight wove type paper.

$1450.00

This is an original color aquatint etching by American artist, John Taylor Arms.  The title of this work is "The Birdman"  It was created and printed in 1919.  This is a very scarce image by Arms.  It has a pencil signature, and is editioned as 41/50.  It also has the printer Frederick Reynolds name under the artists in the lower border.  Very fine condition, printed on watermarked laid type paper.  The image measures 7 5/8x5 inches.  This image appears in the Fletcher catalog as image number 25.

$1450.00

A very fine original drypoint etching by American Sporting Artist Frank Benson. The title of this work is "The Guide", it was created and printed in 1920 in an edition of 150.
Wonderful use of plate tone in printing of this image. The image measures 6 7/8X10 7/8 inches, printed on a soft Hodamura paper. There are two pressure creases in the lower corners of the image, probably occuring during the printing process but they are unobtrusive and only show up in a raking light. The etching is hand signed by the artist in the lower left border. The image shows the hunters guide leading the way through the shallow water.

$1450.00

Etching, drypoint, image size 15 x 9 7/8 inches, 1930, trial proof before the published state of 150, Ordeman #300, pencil signed l.l. "Frank W. Benson", printed on Whatman paper.

$1400.00

Etching, image size 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches, published state, 1923, Ordeman 226

$1250.00

Etching from 1929. Pencil titled in the lower left, signed in the lower right. Plate measures 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches on 11 1/4 x 13 7/8 inch wove type paper. A tranquil scene with very careful linework.

$1250.00