168 Anon. [Young Mexican Couple] c1890s
Watercolour, 31.3 x 19.5cm. Repaired tears, crazing and creases,
stains, paint loss, original backing.
169 Mexican Folk
Art Retablos c1925-1961
Twelve oil paintings on flattened tin, each annotated with a
description of events, some dated in text below image, sizes
range from 18.3 x 22.3cm to 23.1 x 33.7cm (cut to irregular shapes).
All with holes for hanging, some with slight bowing, undulation
or minor paint loss.
retablos describe a variety of dangerous or near-miss events
such as children being saved from a flash flood; a man surviving
a storm at sea; people being chased by rabid dogs. A detailed
list is available upon request. A Mexican retablo is a small
devotional painting, using iconography derived from the Catholic
Church. Most were created for giving thanks to a sacred person
or saint who intervened in an event that posed a threat to their
well-being. The creator would often paint the dangerous scenario
they had experienced, write a description underneath, and note
the time and whereabouts of the event. Ref: Wiki.
The group $8,800
170 Ray Bethers American 1902-1973
Taxco, Guerrero [Mexico], c1930s. Wood engraving, titled and
signed in pencil in lower margin, 10.3 x 12.5cm. Minor foxing,
crinkles and tape remnants to margins.
one of the most popular wood engravings of Mexico by Bethers,
was exhibited extensively, including at the International Exhibition
of Wood-Engravers and Lithographers at the Art Institute of Chicago
171 Prescott Chaplin American 1897-1968
[Mexican Village Scene], 1931. Hand-coloured woodcut, 18.3 x
27.3cm. Minor creases, foxing and repaired tears to margins,
old mount burn.
a portfolio of 12 colour woodcuts in an edition of 100, first
issued in 1931. Published by Murray & Harris, Los Angeles.
Artist, author and screen writer, Prescott Chaplin studied art
under George Bellows, and writing with Jack London. In 1929 Chaplin
made a series of Mexican wood engravings, which were shown with
other works by him at numerous exhibitions held in the USA and
abroad. His work was exhibited at the 6th Annual International
Exhibition of Lithography and Wood Engravings at the Art Institute
of Chicago held in 1938. Chaplin's work is represented in The
Met, NY; Seattle Art Museum.
172 Isidoro Ocampo Mexican 1910-1983
10 Grabados En Madera (Woodcuts), 1941. Folio of ten original
woodcuts, plus two woodcut title pages, editioned 38/50 and signed
in ink with date "Abril de 1948" in Spanish on justification
sheet, inscribed, signed and dated in Spanish in ink on title
page verso, each woodcut signed, dated "40" or "41"
and numbered 1 to 10 in pencil in lower margin, sizes range from
3.6 x 8.8cm to 13.6 x 8.8cm (images); 31.5 x 23.5cm (folio).
Minor foxing overall, slight discolouration to folio page edges,
each image tipped to original card backing.
inscription reads "With great affection and warmth. To Rosalinda
and her husband Hans. The Author, March 9, 1949." Justification
sheet includes "1st edition of 50. Mexico, DF, April 1948."
Held in British Museum.
The folio $3,900
173 Diego Rivera Mexican 1886-1957
Nude With Long Hair (Dolores Olmedo Patiño), 1930. Lithograph,
initialled and dated in image lower left, signed, dated and editioned
78/100 in black chalk below image, 41.8 x 24.7cm. Minor foxing
image upper right and lower centre, old mount burn.
in British Museum with the comment "Dolores Olmedo Patiño
(Mexican, 1908-2002) was an art collector, philanthropist and
close friend of Diego Rivera. This portrait was among the first
of Rivera's lithographs and reveals the influence of Henri Matisse.
It was printed in Mexico City and published by the Weyhe Gallery
in New York shortly after it was made, as part of a series of
more than a hundred proofs by the artist. In that series the
sitter was not identified."
174 Diego Rivera Mexican 1886-1957
Nude With Beads (Frida Kahlo), 1930. Lithograph, initialled and
dated in image lower right, signed, dated and editioned 91/100
in black chalk below image, 41.7 x 28.1cm. Minor stain to image
lower right and margins.
in British Museum with the comment "This portrait depicts
Rivera's second wife, the artist Frida Kahlo (1907-54), sitting
on a bed wearing stockings and shoes and fastening rows of beads
around her neck. An accident whilst travelling on a trolleybus
during her adolescence had left Kahlo disabled; she was also
unable to bear children. The couple both conducted extra-marital
affairs, and divorced in 1939, only to remarry the following
year. Kahlo died at the age of forty-seven. The circumstances
of her death remain unknown but there is some suggestion that
she committed suicide. Primarily a painter, Kahlo made only one
print, a self-portrait in which she expressed her pain after
a miscarriage in 1932. Rivera made this print in Mexico City
a year after he married Kahlo, and it is one of the first prints
he made when approached by Carl Zigrosser of the Weyhe Gallery.
It shows the influence of Rivera's time in Europe, the soft curves
of the sitter's body and the use of large, smooth surfaces resembling
the style of Henri Matisse, particularly his Fauve works."
175 Diego Rivera Mexican 1886-1957
Boy With Chihuahua, 1932. Lithograph, initialled and dated in
image lower right, annotated "no. 24", signed and dated
in pencil below image, 42 x 30.3cm. Minor cockling and stains
in British Museum; The Met, NY, with the comment "Rivera
made this print in New York in 1932 as part of a set of five
lithographs commissioned by Carl Zigrosser of Weyhe Gallery.
All five show details of murals painted by Rivera a few years
earlier in Mexico. Boy with Chihuahua is a detail from his fresco
The Rains, which forms part of the mural cycle in the building
occupied by the Ministry of Education in Mexico City. The lithographs
were printed by the leading American lithographic printer George
C. Miller in New York." The image shows a boy eating a rolled
176 Millard Sheets American 1907-1989
[Mexican Travellers In Dugout Canoes], c1983. Colour lithograph,
editioned 144/250 and signed in pencil in lower margin, 45.3
x 79.5cm. Slight surface scratches to image lower centre, old
Californian-born Millard Sheets was an award-winning, prominent
American artist, architect and educator, He is considered to
be the driving force behind the California-style watercolour
movement during the 1930s. After winning several prizes for his
paintings, he embarked for Europe, where he spent six months
traveling, painting, and studying lithography in Paris. During
the 1930s he made numerous trips to Mexico and Hawaii. He was
an artist-correspondent for Life magazine during WWII. In 1960
he was contracted by the US State Department to travel extensively
as an ambassador of American Art. Ref: Laguna Art Museum, exhibition
Travels with Millard Sheets, 1950-1986, 2014.