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The Builders - - 1932, Etching and Drypoint.

Ryan 62. Edition 100. Signed in pencil.

Image size 9 15/16 x 11 13/16 inches (249 x 300 mm); sheet size 15 3/8 x 16 7/8 inches (391 x 429 mm).

A superb, richly inked impression, on cream laid paper, with full margins (2 1/2 to 2 7/8 inches), in excellent condition.

Published by the Association of American Etchers, New York.

Reproduced: The American Scene on Paper; Prints and Drawings from the Schoen Collection, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, 2008.

Exhibited and reproduced:The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock, Stephen Coppel, The British Museum, 2008. American Prize Prints of the 20th Century, Albert Reese, American Artists Group, Inc., New York, 1949. Awarded the Henry B. Shope Prize, Society of American Etchers, 1933.

Collections: British Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Australia.


Teeming Ingots- - 1935, Etching.

Ryan 88. Edition c.100. Signed in pencil.

Image size 11 13/16 x 9 13/16 inches (300 x 249 mm); sheet size 15 1/4 x 12 5/8 inches (387 x 320 mm).

A superb, richly-inked impression, in warm black ink, on cream laid paper, with full margins (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches). A repaired tear in the center right sheet edge (1/2 inch), well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition.

Published by the Society of American Etchers, New York; with the original Society of American Etchers descriptive copy by John Taylor Arms. Illustrated in L'Amérique de la Dépression, Artistes Engagés des Années 30, Musée-Gallerie de la Seita, Paris, 1996.

"Dramatic in content, and powerful yet sensitive in execution, it is a brilliant example of the author's well-formed but fluent style...a print which, in its soundness, its spontaneity, and the subtlety of its handling, ranks with the best work of a highly accomplished artist destined, we believe, to leave an enduring name in the annals of contemporary graphic art." –John Taylor Arms

Collections: Ackland Art Museum, Akron Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium, Hood Musuem, Metropolitan Musuem of Art, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Terra Foundation for American Art.


Distress - -1938, Lithograph.

Ryan 8. Edition unknown but small. Signed in pencil.

Image size 9 1/8 x 14 1/8 inches (232 x 359 mm); sheet size 11 3/4 x 16 inches (298 x 406 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on buff wove paper, with margins (7/8 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition. Scarce.

Included in the ‘Artist’s for Victory’ exhibition at the Metropoliitan Museum of Art, 1942. Published in Collier’s, September, 1938.

Exhibited and reproduced: Life of the People: Realist Prints and Drawings from the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Collection, 1912-1948, Library of Congress, 1999.

Collections: Library of Congress, Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Submarine- -c. 1940, Lithograph.

Ryan 8. Edition unknown but small. Signed and inscribed To my friend George Miller in pencil.

Image size 9 3/8 x 14 5/8 inches (238 x 371 mm); sheet size 12 1/2 x 17 1/8 inches (318 x 435 mm).

A fine impression, on cream wove paper; the full sheet with wide margins (1 1/4 to 1 7/8 inches), in excellent condition. This impression dedicated by the artist to the renowned lithographer George Miller.

Collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Submarine, Divers, Undewater, Wreckage, WWII