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Tete Cubiste: Henri Laurens

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pen: Pre 1920   item# 1234342 (stock# 2644)

Tete Cubiste: Henri Laurens
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"$17,000 each" 

Henri Laurens, Paris, 1885-1954.These 4 pieces are Cubiste Head ink on paper signed LR. They are 22.8cm by 18.5cm (9" by 7.3". The son of a workman, Laurens trained at an early age in a decoration studio, where he modeled period-style ornaments and drew architectural designs. Afterwards Henri Laurens worked on building sites and scaffolding, where he learnt the hands-on side of hewing stone. He also regularly attended the popular evening classes in drawing taught by "Papa Perrin," who instilled in his pupils a serious attitude to craftsmanship. Laurens' first sculptures were influenced by Auguste Rodin until he met Georges Braque in 1911. After encountering Cubism*, Henri Laurens began to translate the ideas of Analytical Cubism into sculpture, polychrome bas-relief* and collages*. Picasso, who liked what Laurens was doing, introduced the fledgling sculptor to Léonce Rosenberg, who was so enthusiastic about Laurens' work that he bought some of it and supported Laurens throughout the war years. A number of terracotta* and stone reliefs Henri Laurens did not long after the war reveal the influence of Jacques Lipchitz and African sculpture. By then repudiating Cubist geometric forms, Henri Laurens again approached nature, developing an organic, curvilinear style in which he produced highly abstract, rhythmic figures - usually female nudes - that were poetic and powerful. In numerous works Henri Laurens took up themes from Greco-Roman mythology and reinterpreted them. In 1944 Henri Laurens started producing designs for La Grande Sirène, and in 1953 he did Amphion, a bronze sculpture over four meters high commissioned by the university city of Caracas, Venezuela. Henri Laurens worked over each piece individually to ensure fullness and substance. Henri Laurens was awarded the Grand Prix for sculpture at the São Paolo Biennial* in 1953. Apart from sculpture, Laurens' legacy comprises a copious graphic œuvre: woodcuts, etchings and book illustrations. Henri Laurens died in Paris on 5 May 1954.


Study for Portrait of My Mother: George Bellows

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pen: Pre 1930   item# 1214093 (stock# 2637)

Study for Portrait of My Mother: George Bellows
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King Art
414-276-6779


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George Bellows, Ohio, NYCity, 1882-1925. "Study for Portrait of My Mother, Ink and wash on paper, 24.25h x 18.5w inches. Signed lower right, G. B. and Geo Bellows. Provenance Private Southern Collection, Eldred's Auction, H.V. Allison & Co., NY. Label on reverse from H. V. Allison & Co., NY. There are two oil on canvas similar versions of Portrait of My Mother, 1922 in a book titled: The Paintings of George Bellows, by Alfred A. Knopf, NY. 1929, pages 109 and 113. Born in Columbus, Ohio, George Bellows was a major American artist of the early 20th century, known for his paintings of boxing match figures and for his lithographs, numbering nearly two hundred, of his paintings. He became an instructor in New York at the Art Students League and at the Art Institute of Chicago. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1903 and then attended the New York School of Art where he studied with Robert Henri, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Hardesty Gilmore Maratta. Henri inspired him to treat urban subjects in a realist, painterly manner, and between 1906 and 1913, he produced a number of scenes from New York life that defined his fine arts career. In 1908, he won a prize at the annual show at the National Academy of Design, the first of many honors during his life. Bellows also worked as a newspaper and magazine illustrator and won early acclaim for those activities. He was elected to the National Academy of Design, but he was part of the group that rebelled against them in 1919 with the Exhibition of Independent Artists and the 1913 Armory Show. In 1920, he settled in Woodstock, New York where he purchased property next to his good friend Eugene Speicher and lived during the summers until his early death from a ruptured appendix in 1925.


Book Buyer: Figure Reading: Maxfield Parrish N.A.

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pen: Pre 1950   item# 1159046 (stock# 2573)

Book Buyer: Figure Reading: Maxfield Parrish N.A.
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414-276-6779


"$8000." 

Maxfield William Parrish,N.A. 1870-1966, Plainfield NH. This lovely ink on paper is a Book Buyer: Figure Reading. It is 12" by 8.5". Provenance: Alma and Peter Smith, Cornish, NH, Alma Gilbert Smith is the author of a book on Maxfield Parrish, and the Smith's owned Maxfield Parrish's house called "The Oaks" in Cornish, NH.


Quatre Femmes: Fernand Leger

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pen: Pre 1940   item# 1107365 (stock# 2536)

Quatre Femmes:  Fernand Leger
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414-276-6779


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Fernand Leger, French,1881-1955.Fernand Léger was born in 1881, the same year both Picasso and Braque were born, in Normandy; his father was a substantial cattle grazer. Fernand was trained as an architectural draughtsman and later worked as a professional retoucher of photographs. He was an abstract painter before the War, in which he had a brilliant record. He had visited the United States twice. In France, he lived in a villa next to some railroad tracks in a Paris suburb, and a farm in Normandy where he raised pigs and made cider.It is often said that Léger was the artist of the machine age, but he was not entirely a man of his time. He knew poverty as a child, was gassed in World War I, had to flee before the invading Nazis in World War II. But there is little of death and destruction in his work. Other men have painted with more passion, few with more exuberance.Léger returned to France at the end of 1945 after spending the war years traveling and lecturing in the United States. There had been three previous visits to America in the 1930s, all entrepreneurial adventures of only modest success. He had resumed his practice of making public appearances to explain his art to a sometimes curious, sometimes bewildered public. In addition, he enjoyed many celebrity encounters, like a holiday with Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, an evening at the theatre with James Joyce and friendships with Ezra Pound and Henry Miller. His paintings sell for up to 37 Million and his paintings are in many museums.


Rysdale Hall from the Wood: John Ruskin

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pen: Pre 1900   item# 968818 (stock# 2410)

Rysdale Hall from the Wood: John Ruskin
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414-276-6779


"$30,000." 

John Ruskin, British, 1819-1900, Rysdale in Coniston, England. John Ruskin was the hero of Coniston where his works are housed in The Ruskin Museum. He was an artist, radical and seer. He is known for his works on paper using pencil and watercolor, many of which are from his extensive European travels. This beautiful pencil and watercolor piece is a very rare drawing of the Rysdale House from the Wood where he lived in England. It is 29.5 cm (11.5")W by 21 cm (8.25")H in pencil with sepia and sienna ink. It is in good condition and signed lower right J. Ruskin. His watercolors sell for up to $464,491 at auction.

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