Print Season Opens at Swann

Swann kicks off print season in New York with a sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings on September 22--with the preview opening tomorrow. Swann is traditionally the first auction house out of the gate each fall with a print sale--there's no need to wait until October to bid on more than 600 works on paper.

The 19th century portion of the sale features more than 20 prints by James A.M. Whistler, among them Upright Venice, circa 1879-80, which is signed with the artist’s famous butterfly signature.
James A. M. Whistler, Upright Venice, etching, circa 1879-80. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.

A particularly strong selection of American prints includes two desirable works by Edward Hopper, Portrait of Walter Tittle (The Illustrator), a 1918 etching so scarce it has not come up for auction in the past 25 years, and his iconic Night Shadows, etching, 1921.
Edward Hopper, Night Shadows, etching, 1921.Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.
Among the Modern European works are important prints and drawings by Pablo Picasso. The drawings are Portrait de vieille femme, pen and brush and dark brown ink on tan paper, circa 1900 and Méléagre tue le Sanglier de Calydon, pencil on Japan paper, circa 1930, which is likely a study for the same-titled etching from Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide.


Picasso's Portrait de Jacqueline is one of many fine prints by the artist in the auction. It's estimated at $50,000 to $75,000.
Top Picasso prints include Visage (Marie-Thérèse), lithograph, 1928, and Portrait de Jacqueline au bandeau accoudée, color linoleum cut, 1962.

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