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Master Drawings

Twentieth-Century Drawings

20th-Century European Drawings / 20th-Century American Drawings 2

Pierre Alechinsky / Joan Gardy Artigas / André Barbier / Albert Besnard / Jim Bird / Henri-Edmond Cross / Leonor Fini
Jean-Louis Forain / Claude Garache / Nataliya Goncharova / Hannah Höch / Ernst Ludwig Kirchner / Wifredo Lam
Marie Laurencin / Manel Lledos / Lucebert / Aristide Maillol / Nakian / Georges Rouault / Rudolf Schlichter / Georg Tappert
Gérard Titus-Carmel / Vertes

Isabel Bishop / Aaron Bohrod / Jonna Rae Brinkman / Warrington Colescott / John Himmelfarb / Phyllis McGibbon
Simon Sparrow / Joan Root / Wayne Taylor
When we first began to acquire drawings, we found it natural to look closer to home, to the artists whose works we were showing at the gallery, whom we knew and liked, who were available to answer questions when we had the courage to ask them. So we turned to Claude Garache, Joanet Artigas, Gerard Titus-Carmel, Jim Bird, Manel Lledos, Wayne Taylor and others, talked to them about why they did drawings, when they knew they had succeeded, and why they thought they fell short when they were not totally happy with the results. The experience of watching Jim Bird edit himself by looking at a mixed media piece, pointing to an area with which he was not satisfied, talking about how he might fix it, and then tearing it into strips because he thought it would be better to start over will never fade from our minds. We also remember Joanet Artigas telling us about his working habits. He draws everywhere he goes on small pocket-size pads. Every night he selects a few drawings from the day's harvest and works on them on roughly 13"x20"sheets; every few weeks, he looks at these drawings and works some of them up on 30"x42" sheets. Gradually, then, he selects and refines, and then uses the drawings either as a basis for prints, paintings, or sculptures, or saves them to exhibit as finished works (or gives them away as gifts to friends!). From this small group of artists, we have since branched out. Some artists tend to make lots of drawings (Jonna Rae Brinkman and John Himmelfarb come to mind) both to learn from and to sell; others seem to make very few (or perhaps over the years it is just that very few have survived: the number of Titian drawings is quite small, while enough Durer drawings survive that Abaris published a 6-volume catalogue raisonne of them about thirty years ago). Collecting drawings is very much a matter of luck: ordinarily, they only come up once, unlike, say, a print in an edition of 100 where you have 100 chances to get one initially and then over time repeat opportunities as a dealers and collectors offer them for sale. We buy the best of what we can find when we happen to have money to afford them. Sometimes drawings are abundant but money is not, sometimes (very rarely), the situation is reversed; more often, both are scarce!

In this show we are also featuring works by earlier twentieth-century artists like André Barbier, Albert Besnard, Jean-Louis Forain, Nataliya Goncharova (a beautiful and early abstract composition done in Russia c. 1913; one of her paintings sold at Sotheby's London in 1996 for $395,000), the sculptor Reuben Nakian, Rudolf Schlichter, the German Expressionist master (and friend of George Grosz), Marcel Vertes, Isabel Bishop, Aaron Bohrod, Joan Root, Phyllis McGibbon, Warrington Colescott's drawing for The Last Printmaker in his History of Printmaking Series, outsider-artist Simon Sparrow, and many others. We are also featuring a large group of drawings ranging from the late 15th century to the 19th by that famous artist, Anonymous (his/her name is legion!). Our new acquisitions complement the drawings we already had by such modern and contemporary artists as Pierre Alechinsky, Joan Gardy Artigas, Jim Bird, Claude Garache, John Himmelfarb, Manel Lledos, the COBRA artist Lucebert, and Gerard Titus-Carmel. We include a monoprint by Joan Miro whose chief compositional element is a very elaborate signature. We are also showing a brand new group of pastels by Jonna Rae Brinkman.
Albert Besnard (French, 1849-1934), En famille / Family sketches. Pen and black ink on the reverse side of a sheet of paper used as wrapping paper and addressed to Besnard's brother. With the stamp from the atelier sale. Image size: 134x207mm. Price: SOLD.
Andre Barbier (French, 1883–1970), Nuees / Clouds. Original pastel, c. 1930. Image size: 134x207mm. Price: $4500.

André Barbier was born in Arras, France on 24th January 1883 into a wealthy family of lawyers. At the age of twenty, Barbier left Arras and settled in Paris at the Quai aux fleurs, and in the same year, 1903, he began exhibiting paintings—landscapes and still-lifes—at the Salons with four paintings at the nineteenth Salon des Independants, where he continued to show until 1914, resuning in 1967 until his death. From 1908-1938, he showed at the Salon d'Automme. He exhibited at the Societé Nationale des Beaux Arts in 1911 and at the Salon des Tuilleries from 1924-31. In 1926 he exhibited at the Retrospective at the Société des Indépendants and in 1937 at the Exposition Internationale. In pursuit of subjects for his landscapes, he traveled between Paris, the outskirts of Paris, the Normandy coast and the Riviera; he also travelled abroad, especially to Italy. In 1916 a major event took place in Barbier's life when he met Claude Monet and sent him gifts of fruit, flowers and one of his paintings. Monet responded with a gift of three pastels, and a friendship was born which was to last until Monet's death in 1926. Monet was so taken with Barbier's works that he sponsored an exhibition of his works with a preface by his biographer and friend, Gustave Geffroy, who urged him to "Build of mist and light, a world of poetry." According to Gérard Schurr, “Barbier uses his own distinctive style to outline, in a blue-purple flickering, some vague forms buried in a very delicate light in a skilful and discreet monochrome shade” (“Les petits Maîtres de la Peintures, Valeur de demain, ” Les Editions de l’Amateur, Volume II, p. 131).
Henri-Edmond Cross (French, 1856-1910), Swans. Original ink drawing, c. 1899. Stamped with the Cross estate's studio stamp to indicate it was part of the estate at the time of the artist's death. There is also an unreadable inscription in ink left center. Image size: 170x98mm. Price: $3750.

For additional information and art, see the page devoted to Cross on our website.
Maximilien Luce (French, 1858-1941), Mother and Child Walking. Original pencil and ink drawing, c. 1900. Signed in pencil bottom left. Small tear bottom left. Luce was a friend of Signac and a member of the Neo-Impressionist movement who helped to popularize Neo-Impressionism outside of France. there is an etched portrait of him in Dix Peintres de XXe Siecle by (1927) V. J. Roux-Champion. Image size: 127x66mm. Price: $3200.
Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958), Christ au faubourg / Christ in the Neighborhood (C&R 262). Original aquatint, handcolored with gouache & watercolor, 1935. 40 impressions signed and dated in the plate in black & white as ours and 250 pencil-signed impressions in color. The color plates were made by Roger Lacourier from Rouault's key plate (shown above) under Rouault's supervision. Ours is a beautiful hand-colored proof in colors different than those in the final version of the color print. A unique trial proof. Image size: 295x195mm. Price: $22,500.
Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958), Christ au faubourg / Christ in the Neighborhood (C&R 262). Original aquatint, handcolored with gouache & watercolor, 1935. 40 impressions signed and dated in the plate in black & white as ours and 250 pencil-signed impressions in color. The color plates were made by Roger Lacourier from Rouault's key plate (shown above) under Rouault's supervision. Ours is a beautiful hand-colored proof in colors different than those in the final version of the color print. A unique trial proof. Image size: 295x195mm. Price: $22,500.
Marie Laurencin (French, 1885-1966), Man in a bathing suit. Original drawing in colored pencils, 1939. Signed and dated upper right. Laurencin was an important painter, illustrator, and stage designer in Paris. Although she lived with Apollinaire and was friendly with Picasso and other Cubists, her work owes more to the theater and to Post-Impressionism than it does to Cubism. Image size: 198x210mm. Price: $4500.
Marcel Vertes (Hungary 1895-France 1961) Young nude man with hat and scarf. Pen and ink drawing. Vertes was one of the best known of the art deco group active in France between the wars; numerous books illustrating his drawings (of which this is quite typical) were published during his life. He also executed many lithographs. Image size: 270x215mm. Price: $950.
Two women. Original watercolor, 1969. Signed in ink lower right. This is one of the preparatory watercolors made while she was working on the deluxe edition of Parallement by Paul Verlaine published by Editions Tartas, Paris. As always in Fini, the situation may be ambiguous, but the emotions the work depicts are not. The sitting figure (daughter? young woman? innocent? interested? involved?) seems to be in the process of exploring the body of the reclining figure (sleeping? satiated from a concluded encounter?). The uncertainty puts the viewer in the position of someone seeing a scene they should not be able to see but at which they have no desire to stop looking. We are drawn to the forbidden and there is no way to keep from becoming involved in it. Slightly toned at extreme edges of sheet. Image size: 180x295mm. Price: $12,500.
Reuben Nakian (American, 1897-1986), Leda and the Swan. Ink & brush drawing, c. 1975. Nakian is known as well for his sculpture. An important modernist sculptor who favored mythological themes, his work was featured in a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1966. Image size: 420x305mm. Price: SOLD.
Reuben Nakian (American, 1897-1986), Leda and the Swan. Watercolor, c. 1975-1982. Signed lower left with the brush. See Metger 1998 p. 69 for a similar ink and wash drawing. Frank O'Hara's Museum of Modern Art exhibition catalogue lists 5 of the Leda series drawings on p. 58 (numbers 127-131 in the exhibition and illustrtaes six of the Leda sculptureson pages 21, 28, and 30. Nordland illustrates 6 of the Leda sculptores dating from 1977-1980 and a 1982 ink and wash drawing. Nakian is known as well for his sculpture. An important modernist sculptor who favored mythological themes, his work was featured in a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1966 and a touring show that ended at the Corcoran Gallery in 1989. Image size: 223x304mm. Price: $3500.

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