Feb 13, 2014 - Sale 2338

Sale 2338 - Lot 47

Estimate: $ 35,000 - $ 50,000
ALLAN ROHAN CRITE (1910 - 2007)
Collection of approximately 200 linoleum cut blocks.

• 70 linoleum blocks, circa 1937. Each approximately 133x76mm; 5 1/4x3 inches. Includes the blocks for the Biblical series The Childhood and Passion of our Blessed Lord and Savior Christ and The Life of Christ.

• 40 linoleum blocks, circa 1937-1947. Includes the linoleum blocks for such well known Crite prints as Three Kings, and Adam and Eve, both in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Various sizes.

• Group of 20 includes copper plates, zinc plates, engravings, and wood blocks, circa 1937-1970. Various sizes.

• 60 linoleum blocks, circa 1937-1970. Includes 10 linoleum blocks used for greeting cards, 2 with images of Boston street scenes, and 30 later, biblical linoleum blocks including Abel, which is in the collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Also includes 10 unfinished linoleum blocks. Various sizes.

• 40 linoleum cuts printed on wood of 19 images, circa 1937-1947. Each approximately 178x114mm; 7x4 1/2 inches. They appear to be printed from Crite's earlier Biblical, linoleum blocks.

Provenance: estate of the artist; private Massachusetts collection.

During the course of his long life, Allan Rohan Crite enjoyed an extensive career as a painter, draftsman, printmaker, author, librarian, and publisher. In addition to painting and drawing the streets of his native Boston, Allan Crite, a devout Episcopalian, is known for portraying black figures in Biblical stories. In this extensive collection, one is able to see the artist's incredibly long career in printmaking, which began with these early woodcuts from the series The Life of Christ and continues well into the 1970s with his more expressive style. 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 BA 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."