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Modernist Abstration, African American

 

Born in Greenwich Village, New York, Bernard Brussel-Smith studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (five-year scholarship), and the New School for Social Research, New York. He received a Cresson Traveling Scholarship in 1935 for study abroad. He was elected an Associate Member of the National Academy in 1952, and a Member in 1973. He taught at the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Union, City College, and the National Academy.

Brussel-Smith spent most of his life in the New York area and was widely known for his posters of the New York Auto Show in the 1950s and 60s. He studied with Stanley William Hayter in Paris from 1957 to 1958, developing a form of relief etching inspired by the process used by William Blake. Brussel-Smith, with his wife Mildred and son Peter, spent many summers from 1957 to 1980 in Collonges-la-Rouge, France.

One-person exhibitions of work by Brussel-Smith include Galerie St. Jacques, Collonges-la-Rouge, France, 1969 and 1970; Musée Ernest-Rupin, Brive, France, 1976; the Olthuysen Ateliers, Rotterdam, Holland, 1978; the Madison de la Siréne, Collonges-la-Rouge, 1979; the Katonah Library, New York; the Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California, 1980; the Galerie Maas, Rotterdam, 1981; and the Bethesda Art Gallery, Maryland, 1982.

A retrospective of the artist’s work was held at Fairleigh Dickinson University Library in Madison, New Jersey,1983. In the summer of 1988, the Sterling Library of Yale University mounted an exhibition of the artist’s graphic work to honor his donation of a comprehensive archive of prints and the majority of his blocks. And in 1989, a memorial exhibition was held at the Galerie St. Jacques, Collonges-la-Rouge, France.

In addition to the holdings of prints at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Library and the Sterling Library of Yale University, the artist’s graphic work is represented in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum; New-York Historical Society; New York Public Library; National Academy of Design, New York; National Museum of American Art; Smithsonian Air and Space Museum; Library of Congress; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota; Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Philadelphia Free Library; The Oklahoma City Museum; Boymans Museum, Rotterdam; and the Lenin Library, Moscow.

 



Allen Street El -- -1941, Chiaroscuro Wood Engraving.

Edition 140. Signed, titled and numbered 84/140 in pencil. Signed and dated in the block, upper right.

Image size 4 x 6 1/16 inches (102 x 165 mm); sheet size 10 x 11 1/2 (254 x 292 mm).

A superb, finely-detailed impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (2 5/8 to 3 1/4), in excellent condition.

Exhibited and reproduced: 'American Scene Prints', Ball State University Museum of Art, Indiana, 2010.

Collections: Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Ball State University Museum of Art, Denver Museum, Fairleigh Dickinson University Friendship Library, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New York Historical Society, Yale University Library.

$850.


City Scene I -- -1949, Wood Engraving.

Edition 100. Signed, titled and numbered 93/100 in pencil.

Image size 6 9/16 x 4 3/4 inches (167 x 121 mm); sheet size 11 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (292 x 248 mm).

A fine, black impression, on white wove paper, with full margins (2 1/2 x 2 5/8 inches), in excellent condition.

Collections: Fairleigh Dickinson University Friendship Library, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Yale University Library.

$600.


City Scene II -- -1949, Wood Engraving.

Edition 100. Signed, titled and annotated AP in pencil.

Image size 5 11/16 x 6 13/16 inches (144 x 172 mm); sheet size 9 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches (244 x 292 mm).

Artist's proof, a fine, richly-inked impression, on white wove paper, with full margins (2 to 2 3/8 inches), in excellent condition.

Collections: Brooklyn Museum, Davis Museum (Wellesley), Fairleigh Dickinson University Friendship Library, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Yale University Library.

$600.


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