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      Sale 2437 | Lot 259
      Price Realized: $42,500With Buyer's Premium
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      • Sale 2437 Lot 259

        MARTIN LEWIS
        Which Way?

        Aquatint, 1932. 263x405 mm; 10 3/8x15 7/8 inches, wide margins. Edition of approximately 53. Signed in pencil, lower right. A superb, luminous impression of this extremely scarce print.

        We have found only 4 other impressions at auction in the past 30 years.

        In 1929, Lewis had his first New York solo exhibition. It was successful enough that he was able to give up commercial work for good. During the coming years, he enjoyed so much success that as the Great Depression approached he opted to work independently and declined participation in the Federal Art Project. Eventually, as a result of the economy, he was forced to leave New York for a short time, taking up residence in Sandy Hook (near friend and fellow artist Armin Landeck, see lot 281). When he returned to Manhattan in 1939, he taught at The Art Students League from 1944 to 1951. He died in New York City in 1961, leaving behind a masterful oeuvre of prints regarded as some of the most important American graphics of the 20th century. McCarron 99.

        Estimate $30,000 - 50,000


        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $42,500

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