Ellen Heck : Decided at Davidson Galleries

Ellen Heck

Decided

Series: Lonely Hearts
Medium: Woodcut and drypoint
Year: 2014
Edition : 9
Size: 22 x 15 inches
Price: $800.00

Warriors and Leaders : Judith with the Head of Holofernes at Davidson Galleries

Hans Sebald Beham German (1500-1550)

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Medium: Engraving
Signature: Initials in the plate
Size: 4-1/2 x 2-7/8 inches
Description: This popular tale from the Old Testament starts with Holofernes, an Assyrian general who about to destroy Judith's home, the city of Bethulia. Judith, a beautiful widow, takes advantage of Holofernes’ lust for her and gains access to his tent. She gets him drunk and when he passes out, grabs his sword and decapitates him. She flees with her maidservant with Holofernes’ head in a basket. Beham’s interpretation is particularly unique in that he depicts her nude, striding forward with the sword in hand. This posture places her firmly in the category of “heroic nude,” usually an arena reserved for males.
Stock Number: 32377c
SOLD

Mary Cassatt : La Toilette (Looking Into the Hand Mirror, No. 2) at Davidson Galleries

Mary Cassatt American (1845–1926)

La Toilette (Looking Into the Hand Mirror, No. 2)

Medium: Drypoint
Year: ca. 1905
Edition : Posthumous impression
Size: 8-1/8 x 5-3/4 inches
Description: Mary Cassat is best known for her association with the French Impressionists and for her touching images of mothers and children. La Toilette depicts an interesting exchange between a woman and her daughter. The mother assists her daughter with a hand mirror in what will surely begin years of instruction on feminine grooming and appearance. This private moment shared between them will eventually become a method for which the daughter will form her own identity and present herself to the public world.
Stock Number: 45731c
SOLD

Leonor Fini : La Jeunne Mémoire (The Young Memory) at Davidson Galleries

Leonor Fini Argentine / French (1918–1996)

La Jeunne Mémoire (The Young Memory)

Series: From suite VISAGE POUR DÉLIE
Medium: Color lithograph
Year: 1974
Edition : Edition 101/225
Signature: Signed in pencil
Size: 20 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 43153c
Price: $750.00

Defining Women : Decided at Davidson Galleries

Ellen Heck American (b. 1983)

Decided

Series: Lonely Hearts
Medium: Woodcut and drypoint
Year: 2014
Edition : 9
Size: 22 x 15 inches
Description: Ellen Heck conceived of her LONELY HEARTS series as metaphorical portraits in which she used hearts in compositions with figures to depict the many different types of love that people experience. Approaching such a mature subject in the form of young girls gives them an agency and voice for which they are so rarely credited in actuality. Indeed, Decided, by its very title if not for the smiling, self-assured girl, presents the rare case of a young woman taking an active and decisive role in love rather than one that is passive or dependent. It is she who defines the love as she experiences it.
Price: $800.00

Henri De Toulouse - Lautrec : Mary Hamilton at Davidson Galleries

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec French (1864–1901)

Mary Hamilton

Medium: Lithograph on Chinese Paper
Year: Date of Impression 1925. Date of Plate 1894.
Edition : Edition: 625, of which half were destroyed in WWII.
Publisher: Edmond Frapier at Galerie des Peintres Graveurs
References: Delteil 175, Adhémar 215, Wittrock 67, Adriani 142
Size: 10 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches
Condition: Publisher's blindstamp lower right
Stock Number: 45730c
Price: $3200.00

Additional 20th century Japanese Prints : Woman Playing Koto at Davidson Galleries

Artist Unidentified

Woman Playing Koto

Medium: Color woodblock
Publisher: Shinagawa, Kyoto
Size: 10-5/8 c 15-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 31006
Price: $160.00

Performers : Woman Playing Koto at Davidson Galleries

Artist Unidentified

Woman Playing Koto

Medium: Color woodblock
Publisher: Shinagawa, Kyoto
Size: 10-5/8 c 15-1/2 inches
Description: The koto was an instrument largely played by male musicians until the 17th and 18th centuries when women started to learn it in greater numbers. Around the turn of the twentieth century, koto lessons were incorporated both in girls’ formal school curricula and in geisha training. It was a popular instrument among the wealthy and was associated with love, romance and one of the desirable traits one looked for in a wife. Here a young women sits, quietly absorbed in her music, perhaps practicing to charm a lover, or maybe just for the pure enjoyment of the art itself.
Stock Number: 31006
Price: $160.00

Defining Women : La Robe Rouge at Davidson Galleries

James Abbott Mcneill Whistler American (1834–1903)

La Robe Rouge

Series: The Studio
Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1894
Signature: Butterfly signature in the stone
Publisher: The Studio, London. Blindstamp lower left
References: Way 68, Levy 96
Size: 7-1/8 x 6 inches
Description: In a composition entitled The Red Dress, one would assume the subject to be just that. This lithograph by Whistler, however, done in black and white, presents more of a portrait of his wife, Beatrix. Confident and self-satisfied, Beatrix engages the viewer with a direct gaze and amused smile. Far from being an illustration of fashion so popular at the time, we instead have a clear visual description of this formidable woman’s personality.
Stock Number: 46053c
Price: $850.00