Feb 06, 2007 - Sale 2102

Sale 2102 - Lot 13

Price Realized: $ 1,920
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Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
The Three Kings.

Woodcut on cream wove paper, 1935. 135x75 mm; 5 1/8x3 inches, 1/8- 1/4 inch left and right margins, wide upper and lower margins. Signed, initialed and dated 1935 in pencil, lower right recto. Signed, initialed and dated 1938 in ink, lower right verso. Adhesive stains verso showing in the recto edges, just at the edge of the image. A very good, dark impression of this very scarce, early print.

We have not found another impression at auction in the past 20 years.

In addition to painting and drawing the streets of his native Boston, Allan Rohan Crite, a devout Episcopalian, is know for portraying black figures in Biblical stories. Crite was born in North Plainfield, New Jersey, but moved as a child with his family to Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from English High School in 1929 and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1936. In 1968 he received a B.A. degree from Harvard University Extension School. According to Crite, "I've only done one piece of work in my whole life and I am still at it. I wanted to paint people of color as normal humans. I tell the story of man through the black figure." The artist's incredibly long career began in printmaking with these early woodcuts from the series The Life of Christ.