Martin Schongauer, “A Censer,” circa 1485, engraving, ($120,000-$180,000)

Swann Galleries will soon auction an impressive lineup of gorgeous prints, many by art history’s greatest printmakers, during its Spring Prints sale. For fine art collectors and print enthusiasts, this is one auction not to miss. The highlights?

Lovers of prints are aware that Swann Galleries remains one of the premier American venues for Old Master prints, and that trend continues May 2 with Swann’s “Spring Prints Auction.” A diverse range of time periods and artists is covered in the sale, giving collectors countless opportunities to add that special impression to their growing holdings.

Albrecht Dürer, “Knight, Death, and the Devil,” 1513, engraving ($50,000-$75,000)
Albrecht Dürer, “Knight, Death, and the Devil,” 1513, engraving ($50,000-$75,000)

Among the highlights of the sale are several iconic engravings by Albrecht Dürer, led by his 1513 “Knight, Death, and the Devil” (estimate $50,000-$75,000). Other important works by the master include “The Sea Monster,” “The Four Horsemen,” and “Melancolia I,” each with estimates between $40,000 and $60,000. An exceptional array of impressions by Rembrandt van Rijn is also available for acquisition, including a rare early impression of “Landscape with a Square Tower,” circa 1650. Other selections include Rembrandt’s “The Omval” and “Abraham Casting out Hagar and Ishmael.” Rounding out the Old Master lots are impressions by iconic artists such as Canaletto, Giovanni Piranesi, and Francisco José de Goya.

James A.M. Whistler, “Weary,” 1863, drypoint on japan paper, ($40,000-$60,000)
James A.M. Whistler, “Weary,” 1863, drypoint on japan paper, ($40,000-$60,000)

For impressions of the 19th and 20th centuries, selections include works by Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Emil Nolde, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Edward Hopper, James A.M. Whistler, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, and Otto Mueller.

Swann Galleries’ “Spring Prints Auction” kicks off on Tuesday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the venue’s New York City location on East 25th Street. To view selections from the full catalogue, visit Swann Galleries.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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