Antonio Seguí’s Politically-Charged Prints Come to Paris
The complete rare portfolio contains the following six signed lithographs: George Biddle " Tom Mooney", Jacob Burck "The Lord Provides", Adolf Dehn" Easter Parade", George Grosz "The Hero", Reginald Marsh "Union Square", Jose Clemente Orozco "Negroes" All of the lithographs are in fine condition with full margins. The portfolio was published by the Contemporary Print Group and distributed by Raymond & Raymond. Further information available upon request. (The portfolio is age stained and somewhat discolored but completely intact.)
Draftsman and painter George Grosz is known for his caustic pen-and-ink caricatures of Weimar Germany. Influenced by Expressionism and Futurism in his early career, he was also strongly affected by his wartime experience and joined Berlin's Dada movement in 1918 as a stance of political commitment; he is also associated with the New Objectivity movement (Neue Sachlichkeit). After leaving Germany prior to Hitler's assumption of power, Grosz turned to romanticized nudes, New York cityscapes, and watercolor landscapes in a departure from his earlier social engagement.
German, 1893-1959, Berlin, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany
Born in Paris, Reginald Marsh was an American artist recognized for his Social Realist paintings of New York City life in the 1920s and ‘30s. Rejecting abstraction, Marsh included crowded Coney Island beach scenes, vaudeville and burlesque shows, women, and jobless men on the Bowery among his favorite subjects. Marsh was a prolific drawer as well, filling books with sketches made on streets, beaches, and public transportation. He painted in egg tempera, oils, watercolors, and ink, and produced many prints as well.
American, 1898-1954, Paris, France, based in New York, New York
Alongside Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco was one of the major muralists of the Mexican Revolution. In spite of losing his left hand and sight in one eye, Orozco persisted in his artistic career, though not without a biting sense of humor and critical eye. Like Rivera and Siqueiros, Orozco studied at the San Carlos Academy for Fine Arts in Mexico City, and painted everyday subjects in a realist style. He studied with Gerardo Murillo, a radical who encouraged his students to reject European influences and embrace Mexican traditions. Bolstered by this, Orozco became increasingly involved with social and political activism through his art. He made easel paintings and caricatures for a radical paper, but his public works would become his greatest legacy—grand murals throughout North America, depicting allegorical scenes of history, uprising, industry, and suffering.