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Brooklyn-born painter and writer Katherine Sophie Dreier was among the earliest and most important promoters of European avant-garde artists in America. She authored numerous articles on contemporary art and wrote the first book published in English on Vincent Van Gogh. She founded, with Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, the Société Anonyme Inc., a museum devoted to the exhibition and promotion of modern art. During the 20 years of its existence the Société purchased over 800 works of art by living artists, and organized lectures and travelling exhibitions. Works in the collection included major paintings by Marcel Duchamp, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, John Marin and Arthur Dove. The entire collection was given to Yale University in 1941.

Dreier studied art first at Pratt Institute and later in Paris. She was one of the few American women modernists of the early 20th century, as well as one of

 

the first American abstractionists of either gender. Through her efforts to reconcile the art and theories of her friends Kandinsky and Duchamp she found her own voice as an artist.

Dreier's 1934 work 1 to 40 Variations, inspired by Kandinsky's work of the 1920's, was comprised of 2 portfolios of 20 prints each, published in an edition of 80. The 'variations' were created with hand-coloring and pouchoir (stencil) applied to a uniform black-ink lithograph. The laborious printing process, editioned in Paris in 1937, was supervised by Marcel Duchamp. The introduction to the series was by Maholy-Nagy, with a forward by the artist. 12 impressions from the series were included in the Dreier bequest to Yale.


Variation 8, Vol. I-from-1 to 40 Variations - 1934, Lithograph with Pochoir and Hand-Coloring.

Edition 65. Stenciled signature and date, lower right. Annotated Vol. I. 8. in ink, bottom left sheet corner. Stamped verso Made in France.

Image size 8 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (216 x 302 mm); sheet size 10 3/4 x 14 inches (273 x 356 mm).

A fine, clean impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove paper; full margins (1 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

$1400.


Variation 12, Vol. I-from-1 to 40 Variations - 1934, Lithograph with Pochoir and Hand-Coloring.

Edition 65. Stenciled signature and date, lower right. Annotated Vol. I. 12. in ink, bottom left sheet corner. Stamped verso Made in France.

Image size 8 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (216 x 302 mm); sheet size 10 3/4 x 14 inches (273 x 356 mm).

A fine, clean impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove paper; full margins (1 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

SOLD


Variation 14, Vol. I-from-1 to 40 Variations - 1934, Lithograph with Pochoir and Hand-Coloring.

Edition 65. Stenciled signature and date, lower right. Annotated Vol. I. 14. in ink, bottom left sheet corner. Stamped verso Made in France.

Image size 8 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (216 x 302 mm); sheet size 10 3/4 x 14 inches (273 x 356 mm).

A fine, clean impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove paper; full margins (1 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

SOLD


Variation 16, Vol. I-from 1 to 40 Variations- 1934, Lithograph with Pochoir and Hand-Coloring.

Edition 65. Stenciled signature and date, lower right. Annotated Vol. I. 16. in ink, bottom left sheet corner. Stamped verso Made in France.

Image size 8 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (216 x 302 mm); sheet size 10 3/4 x 14 inches (273 x 356 mm).

A fine, clean impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove paper; full margins (1 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

$1400.


Variation 26, Vol. II-from-1 to 40 Variations- 1934, Lithograph with Pochoir and Hand-Coloring.

Edition 65. Stenciled signature and date, lower right. Annotated Vol. II. 26. in ink, bottom left sheet corner. Stamped verso Made in France.

Image size 8 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (216 x 302 mm); sheet size 10 3/4 x 14 inches (273 x 356 mm).

A fine, clean impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove paper; full margins (1 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

$1400.


Variation 28, Vol. II-from 1 to 40 Variations- 1934, Lithograph with Pochoir and Hand-Coloring.

Edition 65. Stenciled signature and date, lower right. Annotated Vol. II. 28. in ink, bottom left sheet corner. Stamped verso Made in France.

Image size 8 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (216 x 302 mm); sheet size 10 3/4 x 14 inches (273 x 356 mm).

A fine, clean impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove paper; full margins (1 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

$1400.


Variation 34, Vol. II-from-1 to 40 Variations- 1934, Lithograph with Pochoir and Hand-Coloring.

Edition 65. Stenciled signature and date, lower right. Annotated Vol. II. 34. in ink, bottom left sheet corner. Stamped verso Made in France.

Image size 8 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (216 x 302 mm); sheet size 10 3/4 x 14 inches (273 x 356 mm).

A fine, clean impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove paper; full margins (1 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

$1400.


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