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Social Realism Art Prints

The Social Realism Art Movement was an international movement with slight parallels to the Expressionist Movement that occurred at roughly the same time. The latter was focused on presenting art subjectively, as a means of expressing emotional meaning or feelings rather than as mere objective physical reality. Social Realism in the United States is often represented by the iconic 1930 "American Gothic” by Grant Wood. The intention of the movement was to draw attention to the plight of members of the poor working class, extending criticism to the social structures allowing for the wide discrepancy between the social classes.

The Ashcan School of artists was loosely organized around 1900 by a group of American scene painting artists concentrating on conditions then existing in the slums of New York City, often in rebellion against American Impressionism which was, at the time, the most respected art style in the US. In this section we feature artists of the American Scene painting movement, selected Ashcan School lithographs and etchings and a variety of American Realism prints that can be loosely associated with the Social Realism art movement.

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George Elbert Burr "A Mirage" signed etching / drypoint, trial proof George Elbert Burr "A Mirage" signed etching / drypoint, trial proof

Medium: original etching and drypoint. Catalogue reference: Seeber 194. This impression on japon paper is annotated "trial proof" and pencil-signed and titled in the margin, with George Burr's monogram signature. The published edition consisted of 40 numbered impressions. Plate size: 6 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches (175 x 250 mm). American Impressionist George Elbert Burr is best known for Southwestern Art scenes such as this, and his etchings have become increasingly sought-after.

Condition: In very good condition save for a faint mat stain, and with full original margins.

$850.00
Joseph Pennell "My New York" signed original etching Joseph Pennell "My New York" signed original etching

Medium: original etching. Signed both in the plate and in pencil. My New York was also called "United Fruit Boat". Catalogue reference Wuerth 852. Printed on wove paper and published in 1925 in a limited edition of 250. Plate size: 7 7/8 x 5 3/4 inches. A lovely composition and a nice impression with plate tone.

$600.00
Jack Levine signed original etching Sacrifice of Isaac Jack Levine signed original etching "Sacrifice of Isaac"

Medium: original etching, drypoint and engraving. Signed in pencil and numbered 47/100. The catalogue reference is Prescott 60. This etching was executed in 1974 and issued in an edition of 100 on watermarked Arches wove paper. The plate size is 13 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches. With full original margins, the total sheet measures 22 x 15 inches. The publisher's dry stamp is in the margin.

Condition: there is some discoloration in the top margin, but not affecting the etched image.

$500.00
Jack Levine signed original etching Sacrifice of Isaac Jack Levine signed original etching "Hong Kong Tailor"

Medium: original etching with drypoint. Signed in pencil and numbered 47/100. Catalogue reference: Prescott 59. This etching was executed in 1974 and issued in an edition of 100 on watermarked Arches wove paper. The plate size is 6 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches (172 x 124 mm). With full original margins, the total sheet measures 15 x 11 inches. The publisher's dry stamp is in the margin. A magnificent, rich impression, signed in pencil by Jack Levine.

$450.00
Reginald Marsh lithograph for Improvisations Artists Equity 1951 Spring Fantasia Reginald Marsh original lithograph

Medium: original lithograph. This lithograph is from the rare 1951 "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 1951 Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Astor. Leading artists on the New York art scene were invited to contribute original lithographs in the form of advertisements for businesses sponsoring the Artists Equity Association; these sponsors gave the artists complete creative freedom of expression.

This impression was printed on tinted laid paper in a limited edition of 2000. Size: 12 x 8 5/8 inches. Signed in the plate (not hand-signed).

Condition: trimmed margin (left side, not affecting the composition).

$300.00
Gerald Brockhurst signed etching Marquett Gerald Brockhurst signed etching "Marquett"

Medium: original etching. Signed both in the plate and in pencil. Catalogue reference Fletcher 51. Executed in 1925 and issued in an edition of 106 (not individually numbered). Plate size: 8 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches (215 x 173 mm). A nice impression on watermarked laid paper, the full sheet measures 16 x 10 1/2 inches. Marquett was a wood engraver who also sat for another Brockhurst etching.

Condition: there is some foxing.

$300.00
Augustus John original lithograph Self Portrait Augustus John original lithograph Self Portrait

Medium: original lithograph. Printed in London in 1957 by the Curwen Press, the image measures 13 x 9 1/2 inches; not including the publisher's gold border surrounding the lithograph. There are margins beyond the border on three sides; the right margin is narrow. Signed by Augustus John in the stone, not by hand.

$300.00
Edward Wadsworth original woodcut "Portrait of a Boy (Rupert Doone)" Edward Wadsworth original woodcut "Portrait of a Boy (Rupert Doone)"

Medium: original woodcut. Catalogue reference: Colnaghi 142. Published in London in 1921 by Herbert Furst at the Little Art Rooms for inclusion in the "Modern Woodcutters 4" volume, now very rare, which showcased original Edward Wadsworth woodcuts. This impression was printed on Basingwerk Parchment wove paper by Walter Bradley at the Morland Press. The image measures 7 x 3 inches. Not signed.

$300.00
Raphael Soyer signed / numbered etching and aquatint "Friends" Raphael Soyer signed / numbered etching and aquatint "Friends"

Medium: original etching and aquatint. Issued in 1973. Signed in pencil by Raphael Soyer and numbered 12/250. Size: 10 3/4 x 13 5/8 inches (plate).

Condition: there is a mat stain and discoloration to the paper.

$300.00
Wyndham Lewis "Portrait of Gladys Anne Hoskyns Wyndham Lewis "Portrait of Gladys Anne Hoskyns"

Medium: collotype (after the drawing). This large print was issued in an edition of 500 in 1923 for the very scarce "Living Art" portfolio, by The Dial Publishing Company, New York. Printed on wove paper, the total sheet measures 17 x 16 1/2 inches (425 x 415 mm). The drawing itself resides in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. Signed by Wyndham Lewis in the image (not by hand).

Condition: there are the remains of old tape mounts on back.

$250.00
Maurice Sterne "Coney Island" original etching Maurice Sterne "Coney Island" original etching

Medium: original etching and aquatint. Catalogue reference: Sanchez and Seydoux 1904-19. Printed in Paris and published in 1904 by Gazette des Beaux Arts. Plate size: 3 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches (88 x 163 mm). A good impression printed on laid paper. Not signed.

$250.00
Jack Levine signed etching "Thieves" Jack Levine signed original etching "Thieves"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$250.00
Jack Levine signed etching "Tiger Brown" Jack Levine signed original etching "Tiger Brown"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$250.00
Isabel Bishop lithograph Improvisations Isabel Bishop original lithograph

Medium: original lithograph. This lithograph is from the rare 1951 "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 1951 Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Astor. Leading artists on the New York art scene were invited to contribute original lithographs in the form of advertisements for businesses sponsoring the Artists Equity Association; these sponsors gave the artists complete creative freedom of expression.

This impression was printed on light brown tinted laid paper in a limited edition of 2000. Size: 12 x 8 5/8 inches. Signed in the plate (not hand-signed).

Condition: trimmed margin (left side, not affecting the composition).

$200.00
Jack Levine signed original etching Jack Levine signed original etching "Der Kanonen Song"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size: 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$200.00
Jack Levine signed original etching Jack Levine signed original etching "Victoria's Jubilee"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size: 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$200.00
Jack Levine signed etching "The Wedding" Jack Levine signed original etching "The Wedding"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$200.00
Jack Levine signed etching "A Wedding Gift" Jack Levine signed original etching "A Wedding Gift"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$200.00
Harry Sternberg lithograph Improvisations Harry Sternberg original lithograph

Medium: original lithograph. This lithograph is from the rare 1951 "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 1951 Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Astor. Leading artists on the New York art scene were invited to contribute original lithographs in the form of advertisements for businesses sponsoring the Artists Equity Association; these sponsors gave the artists complete creative freedom of expression.

This impression was printed on tinted laid paper in a limited edition of 2000. Size: 12 x 8 5/8 inches. Signed in the plate (not hand-signed).

Condition: the left edge of the sheet has been trimmed.

$150.00
Raphael Soyer rare unpublished lithograph, 1962 Raphael Soyer rare unpublished lithograph, 1962

Medium: offset lithograph (after the drawing). A rare and interesting work for collectors of Raphael Soyer. This is an actual birth announcement, designed by the artist for his friends. The lithographed inscription reads, "Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Lieber announce the birth of their son David. May 17, 1962". The total sheet measures 9 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches. Not signed.

Condition: there is a natural crease in the center where it was folded, and a small stain near the right edge of the sheet.

$150.00
John Piper original aquatint "Figures from a Seal" John Piper original aquatint "Figures from a Seal"

Medium: original etching and aquatint. Published in 1955 by Curt Valentin. A good impression on wove paper, the plate measures 8 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches (212 x 156 mm). Not signed.

$150.00
Jack Levine signed original etching Jack Levine signed original etching "Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size: 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$150.00
Jack Levine signed original etching Jack Levine signed original etching "Jenny Visits McHeath"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size: 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$150.00
Jack Levine signed original etching Jack Levine signed original etching "Peachum tries to stop the march to St. Paul's"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size: 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$150.00
Jack Levine signed original etching "Mack sees Polly Peachum" Jack Levine signed original etching "Mack sees Polly Peachum"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$150.00
Jack Levine signed original etching "McHeath Betrayed" Jack Levine signed original etching "McHeath Betrayed"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$150.00
Jack Levine signed original etching "Tunbridge Girls with McHeath in Flight" Jack Levine signed original etching "Tunbridge Girls with McHeath in Flight"

Medium: original soft ground etching, signed in pencil and annotated "Artist's Proof". This etching was executed in 1967 for the "Dreigroschen Film" series, for the limited edition portfolio published in 1967 by Touchstone Publishers. The total edition was 145 on handmade BFK Rives wove paper; this impression is one of only 10 artist's proofs. Plate size 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, with full original margins. Jack Levine was inspired by the Berthold Brecht and G. W. Pabst "Dreigroschen Film" of 1930.

$150.00
Chaim Gross lithograph Improvisations Chaim Gross original lithograph

Medium: original lithograph. This lithograph is from the rare 1951 "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 1951 Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Astor. Leading artists on the New York art scene were invited to contribute original lithographs in the form of advertisements for businesses sponsoring the Artists Equity Association; these sponsors gave the artists complete creative freedom of expression.

This impression was printed on tinted laid paper in a limited edition of 2000. Size: 12 x 8 5/8 inches. Signed in the plate (not hand-signed).

Condition: the left edge of the sheet has been trimmed.

$100.00
Fletcher Martin lithograph Improvisations Fletcher Martin original lithograph

Medium: original lithograph. This lithograph is from the rare 1951 "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 1951 Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Astor. Leading artists on the New York art scene were invited to contribute original lithographs in the form of advertisements for businesses sponsoring the Artists Equity Association; these sponsors gave the artists complete creative freedom of expression.

This impression was printed on tinted laid paper in a limited edition of 2000. Size: 12 x 8 5/8 inches. Signed in the plate (not hand-signed).

Condition: the left edge of the sheet has been trimmed.

$100.00
Gladys Rockmore Davis lithograph Improvisations Gladys Rockmore Davis original lithograph

Medium: original lithograph. This lithograph is from the rare 1951 "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 1951 Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Astor. Leading artists on the New York art scene were invited to contribute original lithographs in the form of advertisements for businesses sponsoring the Artists Equity Association; these sponsors gave the artists complete creative freedom of expression.

This impression was printed on tinted laid paper in a limited edition of 2000. Size: 12 x 8 5/8 inches. Signed in the plate (not hand-signed).

Condition: trimmed margin (left side, not affecting the composition).

$100.00
Adolf Dehn lithograph Improvisations Adolf Dehn original lithograph, 1951

Medium: original lithograph. This lithograph is from the rare 1951 "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 1951 Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Astor. Leading artists on the New York art scene were invited to contribute original lithographs in the form of advertisements for businesses sponsoring the Artists Equity Association; these sponsors gave the artists complete creative freedom of expression.

This impression was printed on tinted laid paper in a limited edition of 2000. Size: 12 x 8 5/8 inches. Signed in the plate (not hand-signed).

Condition: the left edge of the sheet has been trimmed.

$100.00
Raphael Soyer lithograph Improvisations Raphael Soyer original lithograph for Improvisations | Artists Equity 1951 Spring Fantasia

Medium: original lithograph. This lithograph is from the rare 1951 "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 1951 Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Astor. Leading artists on the New York art scene were invited to contribute original lithographs in the form of advertisements for businesses sponsoring the Artists Equity Association; these sponsors gave the artists complete creative freedom of expression.

This impression was printed on light brown tinted laid paper in a limited edition of 2000. Size: 12 x 8 5/8 inches. Signed in the plate (not hand-signed).

Condition: the left edge of the sheet has been trimmed.

$100.00
William Gropper original lithograph William Gropper original lithograph "Joe Magarac"

Medium: original lithograph. Printed in 1953 for the "American Folklore" portfolio, now scarce. Image size: 14 x 9 inches; the full sheet measures 17 x 11 inches. Not signed.

Condition: there is age-toning to the paper and wear to the edges of the sheet.

$100.00
William Gropper original lithograph William Gropper original lithograph "Mike Fink"

Medium: original lithograph. Printed in 1953 for the "American Folklore" portfolio, now scarce. Image size: 14 x 9 inches; the full sheet measures 17 x 11 inches. Not signed.

Condition: there is age-toning to the paper and wear to the edges of the sheet.

$100.00
William Gropper original lithograph William Gropper original lithograph "The Headless Horseman"

Medium: original lithograph. Printed in 1953 for the "American Folklore" portfolio, now scarce. Image size: 14 x 9 inches; the full sheet measures 17 x 11 inches. Not signed.

Condition: there is age-toning to the paper and wear to the edges of the sheet.

$100.00
William Gropper original lithograph William Gropper original lithograph "John Henry"

Medium: original lithograph. Printed in 1953 for the "American Folklore" portfolio, now scarce. Image size: 14 x 9 inches; the full sheet measures 17 x 11 inches. Not signed.

Condition: there is age-toning to the paper and wear to the edges of the sheet.

$100.00
William Gropper original lithograph William Gropper original lithograph "Paul Bunyan"

Medium: original lithograph. Printed in 1953 for the "American Folklore" portfolio, now scarce. Image size: 14 x 9 inches; the full sheet measures 17 x 11 inches. Not signed.

Condition: there is age-toning to the paper and wear to the edges of the sheet.

$100.00
John Piper original lithograph Niton, Isle of Wight, 1955 John Piper original lithograph "Niton, Isle of Wight"

Medium: original lithograph. Published in 1955 by Curt Valentin. The total sheet measures 9 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches. Not signed.

$100.00
William Gropper original lithograph "Rip van Winkle" William Gropper original lithograph "Rip van Winkle"

Medium: original lithograph. Printed in 1953 for the "American Folklore" portfolio, now scarce. Image size: 14 x 9 inches; the full sheet measures 17 x 11 inches. Not signed.

Condition: there is age-toning to the paper and wear to the edges of the sheet.

$100.00
William Gropper original lithograph "Johnny Appleseed" William Gropper original lithograph "Johnny Appleseed"

Medium: original lithograph. Printed in 1953 for the "American Folklore" portfolio, now scarce. Image size: 14 x 9 inches; the full sheet measures 17 x 11 inches. Not signed.

Condition: there is age-toning to the paper and wear to the edges of the sheet.

$100.00