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Headland, Big Sur Coast- -1930, Wood Engraving.

Edition 50 (37 signed impressions). Signed, titled and numbered 1/50 in pencil. The artist's initials in the block, lower left. Wien 87; Zeitlin & Ver Brugge 11.

Image size 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches (149 x 200 mm); sheet size 8 3/4 x 11 1/8 inches (222 x 283 mm).

A superb, flawless impression, on cream Japan, with full margins (1 3/16 to 1 3/4 inches). The full sheet, with deckle all around, in excellent condition. Printed by the artist. Scarce.

The 'black petrel' Landacre estate stamp in the bottom right margin, recto; Origins of Art stamp in the bottom right sheet corner, verso.

Provenance: This impression formerly from the collection Anthony Lehman, author of Paul Landacre: a Life and a Legacy, 1983.

Note: the thin parallel lines of this work create a moiré when photographed which is not seen when viewing the original print.

Collection: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Whitney Museum of American Art.

$3600.

California Coast, Big Sur

Smoke Tree Ranch- -1932, Wood Engraving.

Edition 60 (58 signed impressions). Signed, titled and numbered 8/60 in pencil. Wien 110; Zeitlin & Ver Brugge 25.

Image size 6 3/4 x 10 1/16 inches (171 x 256 mm); sheet size 10 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches (260 x 311 mm).

A brilliant, black impression, on cream laid Japan, with full margins (1 to 2 1/4 inches). The paper lighter within the original mat opening, otherwise in excellent condition. Printed by the artist and Included by him in a group of prints reserved for his wife which he considered among his best works.

One of the artist's earliest and most successful, large, sweeping California landscapes; this work was First Prize winner of the 1932 Print Club of California competition, and was selected for Fifty Prints of the Year, 1933.

Exhibited: White on Black: The Modernist Prints of Paul Landacre, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 2013.

Collections:The Huntington Art Collections, Columbia University Libraries, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Seattle Art Museum, University of Arizona Museum of Art.

SOLD

California landscape

2506 El Moran- -1932, Wood Engraving.

Edition 60 (46 signed impressions). Signed, titled, and numbered 16/60 in pencil. Wien 119.

Image size 6 1/8 x 5 9/16 inches (156 x 141 mm); sheet size approx. 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (267 x 210 mm).

A brilliant, black impression, on cream laid Japan paper; the full sheet with margins (1 to 2 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

The subject is the entrance to the Landacre's property at 2506 El Moran purchased in 1932 with a down payment which came from an advance for the artist's not yet distributed book of wood engravings 'California Hills' published by Bruce McCallister, Los Angeles. The property consisted of a small one bedroom wood frame structure on four lots and remained the Landacre's home for the rest of their lives. The address was later changed to 2006 El Moran.

Collection: The Huntington Art Collections.

SOLD

 
California landscape

Tuonela - -1934, Wood Engraving.

Edition 60 signed impressions from the 1st edition; 9 signed impressions form the second edition. Signed and titled in pencil. Wien 152; Zeitlin & Ver Brugge 44.

Image size 10 1/4 x 7 5/8 inches (260 x 193 mm), sheet size 14 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches (375 x 267 mm).

A fine, black impression from the first edition, second block; on cream Japan Kitakata, with good margins (1 1/4 to 2 3/8 inches), in excellent condition. After the first block broke early in the edition, Landacre recarved the image, preserving the original composition but significantly simplifying the shading overall. It has not yet been determined if Landacre included the first block impressions in his numbering of this first edition. In the second edition he printed only 17 impressions (plus 1 unsigned proof) from an intended 150. Printed by the artist.

Reproduced: Paul Landacre: A Life and a Legacy, Anthony Lehman, 1983.

Collections: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Library of Congress (Pennell Fund purchase), Harvard Art Museums, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

SOLD


Laguna Cove - -1935, Wood Engraving.

Edition 60, 2nd edition 150, Woodcut Society 200. Signed and titled in pencil. Wien 247; Zeitlin & Ver Brugge 47.

Image size 5 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches (133 x 181 mm); sheet size 7 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches (184 x 270 mm).

A brilliant, black impression, on cream wove Japan, with full margins (3/4 to 1 3/4 inches), in excellent condition.

An impression from the edition published for the Twentieth Presentation Print of the Woodcut Society, 1941. Printed by Torch Press, Cedar Rapids.

Illustrated in James Swann: In Quest of a Printmaker, Czestochowski, 1990. Purchase Prize, Library of Congress, 1942.

Collections: Brooklyn Museum, College of Wooster Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Library of Congress purchase, Pennell Fund, National Gallery of Art.

$3400.


Lot Cleaning, Los Angeles - -1935, Wood Engraving.

Edition 60 (53 signed impressions). Signed, titled and numbered 51/60 in pencil. Wien 169; Zeitlin & Ver Brugge 69.

Image size 12 1/8 x 6 1/16 inches (308 x 154 mm); sheet size 15 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches (400 x 267 mm).

A brilliant, black impression, on Kitakata paper, with full margins (1 3/4 to 2 3/8 inches). Brown paper hinge remains on the top sheet edge, recto; soft crease in the top left margin, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition. Paul Landacre red estate stamp on the bottom right sheet edge, recto; Origins of Art stamp on the bottom right sheet corner, verso. Printed by the artist.

Presented to the Paul Landacre Association. First prize, Los Angeles County Fair, 1935; First Prize, Philadelphia Print Club, 1936.

Collections: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art.

$4800.


Sultry Day - -1935, Wood Engraving.

Edition 60, 1935; second edition of 150 (only 7 impressions printed); third edition 200 unsigned impressions, American Artists Group, 1937. Wien 170; Zeitlin & Ver Brugge 71.

Signed P LANDACRE and dated 1937 in the block, lower left.

Image size 8 x 6 inches (203 x 154 mm); sheet size 18 x 13 inches (457 x 330 mm).

A brilliant, black impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (3 1/2 to 5 7/8 inches). Slight skinning on the top sheet edge, verso, where previously hinged, otherwise in excellent condition.

An impression from the 1937 unsigned, unnumbered edition of 200 published by American Artists Group.

First Honorable Mention, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1936. Selected for exhibition at the Venice Biennale, 1938.

Reproduced: Exhibition catalog, Paul Landacre: Prints and Drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1983; Original Etchings, Lithographs and Woodcuts Published by the American Artists Group, Inc., New York: The Group, 1936.
Exhibited: Figures and Forms: Selections from the Terra Foundation for the Arts, Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, Illinois, 2000; Paul Landacre: Prints and Drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1983; Pressed In Time: American Prints 1905-1950, The Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, 2007-2008.

Collections: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Harvard Art Museums, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Library of Congress (Pennell Fund purchase), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Terra Foundation for the Arts, Yale University Art Gallery.

SOLD

Summer, Female nude, cat, reading, modernism, Landacre

Verdi- -1936, Wood Engraving.

Edition 60 (only 14 printed). Signed, titled and numbered 10/60 in pencil. Wien 188.

Image size 6 3/4 x 4 5/8 inches (171 x 117 mm); sheet size 10 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches (267 x 206 mm).

A fine impression, on cream laid Japan, with full margins (1 1/2 to 2 1/4 inches). The paper lightened within the previous mat opening; otherwise in excellent condition. Printed by the artist. Scarce.

Created for the radio station KECA as one of twelve program covers for their concert series broadcast from 1935 - 1936.

Reproduced: Great Composers from 12 Wood Engravings by Paul Landacre, Invierno Press, Los Angeles, 1979.

Collection: University of Arizona Museum of Art.

$1600.

Verdi, Portraits, Great Composer, Classical Music, Symphony

Hill -1936, Wood Engraving.

Edition 60 (54 printed); 2 impressions printed in a second edition of 150. Signed, titled and numbered 49/60 in pencil. Wien 191.

Image size 5 x 8 11/16 inches (127 x 221 mm); sheet size 7 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches (184 x 270 mm).

A brilliant, black impression, on cream wove Japan paper, the full sheet with the artist’s original brown paper hinges in the top sheet edge; margins (7/8 to 1 5/16 inches). Several spots of pale foxing in the margins, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition. An impression from the first edition, printed by the artist.

Reproduced and exhibited: Paul Landacre: Prints and Drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1983; Paul Landacre: A Life and a Legacy, Anthony Lehman, 1983.

"In Hill, Landacre explores sensuality in a landscape more openly than ever before. The flowing lines of the hills in Point Sur have been replaced by a soft, slightly rounded cross-hatching that describes the velvetiness of the hillside, the same technique Landacre uses to describe flesh in Anna and Yesterday. Hill comprised part of the seocnd series of prints presented to the Paul Landacre Association's members, and was shown in the 1938 Venice Biennale." —Paul Landacre: Prints and Drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1983.

Collections: Brooklyn Museum, San Diego Museum of Art.

$5500.

Schubert, Great Composer, Classical Music, Symphony

Anna- -1937, Wood Engraving.

Edition 60 (53 signed impressions), second edition 150 (4 signed impressions). Signed and numbered 33/60 in pencil. Wien 201; Zeitlin & Ver Brugge 84.

Image size 9 x 4 1/2 inches (230 x 115 mm); sheet size 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (267 x 185 mm).

A brilliant, black impression, on cream wove Japan paper, with full margins (3/4 to 1 3/8 inches), in excellent condition. An impression from the first edition, printed by the artist.

This work was created for the cover of the Prospectus, Paul Landacre Association, 1938.

Selected for exhibition at the Venice Biennale, 1938.

Collections: Brooklyn Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Laguna Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Collection: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art.

$2400.


Pelican - - 1939, Wood Engraving.

Edition 60 (38 signed impressions). Signed, titled and numbered 45/60 in pencil. Wien 221.

Image size 8 11/16 x 8 11/16 inches (221 x 221 mm); sheet size 11 1/4 x 13 inches (286 x 330 mm).

A brilliant, black impression, on buff wove Japan, with full margins (1 1/4 to 2 1/8 inches), in excellent condition. Scarce.

Reproduced on the cover of 'Westways' magazine, July, 1939. Northwest Printmakers Purchase Prize, 1940.

Collections: Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art.

$4400.

Pelican, Bird, Nature, sailboat, Dock, Water Foul

Black Stallion - -1940, Wood Engraving.

Signed, titled, and annotated F T P (Final Trial Proof) and To Lucien from Paul Landacre in pencil by the artist. Wien 236.

One of 10 proofs, printed by the artist, before the edition of 200 for the Woodcut Society publication which was printed by Torch Press. A superb, black impression, on off-white wove Japan, with full margins (2 to 2 1/2 inches), in excellent condition.

Image size 6 x 7 1/8 inches (152 x 181 mm); sheet size 10 5/8 x 12 1/4 inches (270 x 311 mm).

This impression was a gift from the artist to his friend the renowned cinematographer Lucien Ballard, most famous for his work with Sam Peckinpah which included the movies Ride the High Country and The Wild Bunch.

Collections: Auckland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Whales, Brooklyn Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Williams College Museum of Art, Print Club of Albany, National Gallery of Art, Yale University Art Gallery.

$1900.

stallion, nude

Vengeance - -1942, Wood Engraving.

Edition 100. Signed and titled in pencil. The red petrel estate stamp, bottom right sheet edge, recto. Origins of Art stamp, bottom left sheet corner, verso. One of only two signed impressions. Wien 255.

Image size 12 1/16 x 8 3/4 inches (306 x 222 mm); sheet size 14 9/16 x 10 1/2 inches (370 x 267 mm).

A superb, richly-inked impression, on cream wove Japan paper, the full sheet with margins (7/8 to 1 3/8 inches); attached with the artist’s brown paper hinges to the artist’s original paper mat, annotated in the artist’s hand, Paul Landacre Vengeance in the top left backing board corner, verso, in excellent condition.

"In 1942, Richard Millar, who had been a member of the Landacre Association in the 1930s, was serving as president of the Vultee Aircraft Company, when Jake Zeitlin (Landacre’s dealer) suggested that Millar commission Landacre to create a set of wood engravings of Vultee planes. Millar made an agreement with Landacre to produce three wood engravings of Vultee planes in editions of 100 signed prints each. 'Vengeance', the name designated by Vultee for its new dive bomber was the only one of the three commissioned works that Landacre completed. Although the Lehman Biography records the completion of the edition of Vengeance (p. 166), the absence of signed impressions in the marketplace as well as in public collections suggests that few impressions of Vengeance were printed and only two signed impressions have been recorded. According to an art student at Pomona College who had helped Landacre during his residency there in 1940 and stayed in touch with him afterward, the project may have terminated prematurely due to a disagreement between Landacre and his sponsor over the commercial use of the print. (Bertram P. Spencer to Anthony Lehman, undated letter [circa 1980]". —from the forthcoming catalogue raisonné by Jake Wien

Collection: The Wolfsonian Museum (Florida International University, Miami Beach).

$11,500. (HOLD)


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