Swann Gallery’s Art Auction

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On Tuesday, March 7 Swann Galleries offers a large auction of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, with a strong selections of works by modern European and American masters, including well-known African-American artists.

The first session comprises 100 Fine Works on Paper. These range from etchings of Venetian scenes by Whistler, The Two Doorways, and The Riva, No. 2, 1879-80 (estimates $12,000 to $18,000 and $15,000 to $20,000 respectively); and Toulouse-Lautrec’s Mademoiselle Marcel Lender, en buste, color lithograph, 1895 ($15,000 to $20,000); to Richter’s Kerze (Butin 54), an offset color lithograph, 1988 ($15,000 to $20,000).

Among the figure drawings are Pissarro’s Jeune garçon à la lecture, pen and ink, circa 1890 ($18,000 to $22,000); Rodin’s Etude de femme, wash over pencil, that was once in the collection of sculpture Malvina Hoffman ($20,000 to $30,000); Helleu’s Une Élegante vue en pied, black, reddish brown and white crayon on Japan, circa 1900 ($15,000 to $20,000); and Vuillard’s Docteur Louis Viau, color pastel and charcoal, circa 1937 ($20,000 to $30,000). Landscapes include Feininger’s Untitled (Village near Weimar), color crayons, 1911 ($15,000 to $20,000); Grosz’s cheerful watercolor, Used Tires, New York Street Scene, 1933 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Léger’s Decor pur le Ballet Russe de Serge Lifar “David Triomphant,� gouache, circa 1937 ($30,000 to $50,000).

German Expressionist prints of note include Heckel’s Boot im Watt, etching, 1908 ($6,000 to $9,000); and Beckmann’s  Selbstbidnis mit Griffel, drypoint, 1916 ($30,000 to $50,000).

A run of prints by Picasso includes three early etchings, La Toilette de la Mère, 1905, ($15,000 to $20,000); Tête d’Homme à la Pipe, 1912, and Les Trois Graces II, 1922-23 (each $18,000 to $22,000). There are also desirable color prints after Picasso paintings, Maternité, 1930 ($20,000 to $30,000), and Maternité au Rideau Rouge ($25,000 to $35,000); and a number of Picasso ceramics. Miró and Chagall are well represented. Highlights include Miró’s Series III, plate 6, etching and aquatint with hand-coloring, 1953-55 ($20,000 to $30,000), and L’Oiseau Destructeur, color etching and aquatint, 1969 ($15,000 to $20,000); and Chagall’s color lithographs, La Saison d’Eté ($20,000 to $30,000), and Les Fleurs saccagées, 1961 ($25,000 to $35,000).

Completing the first session are works by noted African-American artists. There are two significant collages by Romare Bearden, Untitled (Sermons: In that Number), circa 1964 ($25,000 to $35,000), and Untitled (Melon Season), circa 1967 ($30,000 to $50,000); three oils on canvas by Lois Mailou Jones, including Portrait of Two Women, circa 1950 ($10,000 to $15,000); Hale Woodruff, Sun, Moon, Star, an oil on canvas, circa 1970 ($5,000 to $8,000); as well as prints by Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, James Lesesne Wells and Charles White.
The works of art will be on public exhibition at Swann Galleries on Wednesday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

A two-volume illustrated catalogue, with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $40 in the U.S. and $50 elsewhere from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at

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