December 6, 2015 14:00 EST

American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists

 
  Lot 1
 
Lot 1 - MARTIN LEWIS  (AMERICAN 1881-1962)

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MARTIN LEWIS (AMERICAN 1881-1962)
"SHADOW DANCE"

1930. Edition of 109. Pencil signed in the margin, drypoint and sand-ground
Image size: 9 3/8 x 11 in. (23.8 x 27.9cm)
Sheet size: 13 1/16 x 14 15/16. in. (33 x 38.1cm)
[McCarron 88]

Provenance: Bethesda Art Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland.
Acquired from the above, ca. 1980s.
Private Collection, Maryland.
LITERATURE:
Paul McCarron, The Prints of Martin Lewis: A Catalogue Raisonné, Bronxville, New York: M. Hausberg, 1995, p. 160, no. 88, (illustrated).
NOTE:
According the aforementioned Catalogue Raisonné, "In his record book, Lewis crossed out the rejected Title "Shadow Dance, Sunset" before deciding on this title. The location depicted appears to be the intersection of Thirty-Fourth Street and Park Avenue, looking west. "Shadow Dance" may be seen as one of Lewis's most abstract prints. He all but blocked out the print's one light source, the sun, with two sets of three figures. The figures dominate the space as their shadows and the diagonal perspective lines of the buildings radiate around them, forming kaleidoscopic patterns."

Sold for $43,750
Estimated at $20,000 - $30,000


 

1930. Edition of 109. Pencil signed in the margin, drypoint and sand-ground
Image size: 9 3/8 x 11 in. (23.8 x 27.9cm)
Sheet size: 13 1/16 x 14 15/16. in. (33 x 38.1cm)
[McCarron 88]

Provenance: Bethesda Art Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland.
Acquired from the above, ca. 1980s.
Private Collection, Maryland.
LITERATURE:
Paul McCarron, The Prints of Martin Lewis: A Catalogue Raisonné, Bronxville, New York: M. Hausberg, 1995, p. 160, no. 88, (illustrated).
NOTE:
According the aforementioned Catalogue Raisonné, "In his record book, Lewis crossed out the rejected Title "Shadow Dance, Sunset" before deciding on this title. The location depicted appears to be the intersection of Thirty-Fourth Street and Park Avenue, looking west. "Shadow Dance" may be seen as one of Lewis's most abstract prints. He all but blocked out the print's one light source, the sun, with two sets of three figures. The figures dominate the space as their shadows and the diagonal perspective lines of the buildings radiate around them, forming kaleidoscopic patterns."

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