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New York City has inspired artists for many years. Swann Galleries is selling some of the most significant examples of printmaking depicting New York City in the first half of the 20th century during their Scenes of the City: Prints, Drawings & Paintings of New York 1900 -2000 on September 16. The top lot, shown above, is Edward Hopper's Night Shadows, etching,1921, a print that shows the same location near the Hudson River as his 1913 painting, New York Corner, in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. It is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.
Etchings from the turn of the century, like Childe Hassam's Fifth Avenue, Noon, 1916 ($10,000 to $15,000), and Washington's Birthday, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, 1916 ($8,000 to $12,000), showcase the city during a period of massive growth. Many of the pieces in this auction aren't just art, they are history such as John Sloan's etchings, Sculpture in Washington Square, 1925 ($2,500 to $3,500), Fourteenth Street, The Wigwam, 1928 ($2,500 to $3,500), which illustrates the last physical address of Tammany Hall, and George Bellows's lithograph, Solitude, 1917 ($1,500 to $2,500), exemplify the Ash Can School, where the gritty realism of Manhattan took center stage.
Moving ahead in the time line a bit, lithographs by Raphael Soyer and Louis Lozowick represent the men and architecture of Depression-era Manhattan. Lozowick's Mural Study: Lower Manhattan, 1936 ($7,000 to $10,000), and Mural Study: Triborough Bridge, 1936 ($4,000 to $6,000), are connected to the artist's commission from the Treasury Relief Art Project for two large oil paintings to adorn the walls of the Midtown Manhattan Post office at 33rd Street and 8th Avenue. Works from the auction will be on public exhibition on September 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, September 13 to Wednesday, September 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, September 16, 10 a.m. to noon.