NEW YORK — On Sept. 24 Swann Galleries will conduct an all-day sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings. The morning session will be devoted to 19th century prints and drawings and an array of American works. The auction’s second half will include more American prints and drawings and a large selection of modern European works on paper.
Among highlights from the 19th century are a black chalk drawing by Paul Gaugin, Etudes de Têtes et Mains (estimate $5,000 to $8,000); Odilon Redon’s Béatrice, color lithograph on Chine appliqué, 1897 ($15,000 to $20,000); a vibrant 1929 color aquatint and etching after Édouard Manet’s Dejeuner sur L’Herbe ($7,000 to $10,000); and several lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, including Mademoiselle Marcel Lender, en buste ($10,0000 to $15,000) and May Belfort ($8,000 to $12,000), both fourth state, 1895, and Cycle Michael, printed in olive green, 1896 ($7,000 to $10,000).
A run of nearly 20 works by James A.M. Whistler features Black Lion Wharf, etching, 1859 ($3,000 to $5,000); the scarce etching San Biagio, 1879-80, printed in sepia ($10,000 to $15,000); and Temple, etching on Japan paper, circa 1881 ($4,000 to $6,000).
Modern American items of note include city views, such as Edward Hopper’s 1921 etching, Night Shadows ($30,000 to $50,000), Howard Cook’s lithograph New York Night, 1931 ($5,000 to $8,000), and Craig McPherson’s monumental 1983 mezzotint, Yankee Stadium at Night ($10,000 to $15,000).
There are stunning American color woodcuts, including Gustave Baumann’s Cottonwood in Tassel, 1946 ($12,000 to $18,000); Frank Morley Fletcher’s California 1—Salinas River, and California 2—Mt. Shasta, 1932 ($3,500 to $5,000 each); and the original woodblock for Arthur Wesley Dow’s The Old Bridge, Ipswich, 1895 ($1,500 to $2,500).
Rounding out the section are Grant Wood’s Fertility, lithograph, 1939 ($4,000 to $6,000); Samuel Margolies’ Men of Steel, drypoint, circa 1940 ($5,000 to $8,000); Thomas Hart Benton’s The Race, 1942 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Francisco Zuñiga’s watercolor, Mujer Descansada, 1970 ($7,000 to $10,000).
The largest part of the sale is devoted to modern European works, and features Picasso’s first major print, Le Repas Frugal, etching and drypoint, 1904 ($80,000 to $120,000). Among other works by the artist are a circa 1930 pencil drawing on Japan paper, Méléagre tue le Sanglier de Calydon ($50,000 to $75,000); several etchings from the Vollard Suite; and desirable prints after his paintings, such as L’Étreinte, color collotype and stencil coloring, circa 1950 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Dame assise, color lithograph, 1955 ($15,000 to $20,000).
There are many prints by Marc Chagall, including Then the Old Woman Mounted on the Ifrit’s Back, from the Arabian Nights, color lithograph, 1948 ($15,000 to $20,000); L’Ange, color lithograph poster, 1956 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Aleko, after print, color aquatint, 1967 ($15,000 to $20,000). There are also two pencil drawings by Chagall, both Paris Street Scenes, circa 1910-11 ($6,000 to $9,000 each).
Other notable drawings among the modern European highlights are Justes Noces, a brush and ink wash by Jacques Villon for an illustration in Le Courrier Français, 1900 ($7,000 to $10,000); a street scene with figures in pencil by George Grosz, circa 1925 ($7,000 to $10,000); a 1930 silverpoint of a woman and still life by Le Corbusier ($15,000 to $20,000); Lyonel Feininger’s Five Ghosties, watercolor and ink, circa 1953 ($7,000 to $10,000); and a brush and ink drawing of Mythological Figures by Leonora Carrington ($7,000 to $10,000).
Also featured are Louis Marcoussis’ La Table, color etching and engraving, 1930 ($7,000 to $10,000); Joan Miró’s L’Acrobate au Jardin de Nuit, color lithograph, 1948 ($7,000 to $10,000), and Équinoxe, color aquatint, etching and carborundum, 1967 ($30,000 to $50,000).
The first section of the auction will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 24. The sale will continue after a lunch break at 2:30 p.m. The works will be on public exhibition Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
An illustrated catalog, with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $40 in the U.S./ $50 elsewhere from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.
For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, contact Todd Weyman at 212-254-4710, extension 32, or via e-mail at email@example.com. Live online bidding is also available via Artfact.com.
Photos courtesy Swann Galleries.