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Winslow Homer etching leads Swann Galleries New York sale


A rare etching by the celebrated American artist Winslow Homer will lead an upcoming sale at Swann Auction Galleries.
The rare work will be offered in New York next month, alongside artworks by the likes of James M. Whistler, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali and Edward Hopper.

Entitled ‘Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake’ and dating from 1889, the Winslow Homer etching is one of 62 copies known to exist and draws from the artist’s early career as a commercial draughtsman. According to Swann, only six copies have appeared at auction in the past 30 years, and this important work is expected to sell for $80,000-$120,000.

Further notable works by American artists will include James A.M. Whistler’s Venetian scene ‘Nocturne: Palaces’, one of an edition of 30 dated 1879-80, estimated at $70,000-$100,000; and the dramatic Edward Hopper etching ‘Night Shadows’, published by The New Republic in 1924, valued at $25,000-$35,000.
Also amongst the leading lots is ‘La Danse’ by Henri Matisse, a print based on his designs for the famed three-panel mural commissioned by Albert C. Barnes in 1930, will estimated at $60,000-$90,000.

Additonal  top lots include ‘Grande natura morta con la lampada a petrolio’ by Giorgio Morandi, estimated at $50,000-$80,000, New York scene ‘Shadow Dance’ by the Australian-born artist Martin Lewis, valued at $30,000-$50,000, and ‘Le Matador’ by Joan Miro estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

A strong selection of Dali works is lead by ‘The Mythology’, a rare set of 16 prints executed circa 1960-64, valued at $30,000-$50,000.

The sale will also include a number of works by Picasso, including the 1957 lithograph ‘Buste au corsage à carreaux’ estimated at $40,000-$60,000; ‘Jeunesse’, executed in 1950 and priced at $30,000-$50,000; and ‘Petit Buste de Femme (Portrait de Jacqueline en Robe Imprimée)’, a linoleum cut created in 1962, estimated at $25,000-$35,000.

The Swann Auction Galleries 19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings sale takes place on March 8.


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