Feb 06, 2007 - Sale 2102

Sale 2102 - Lot 54

Price Realized: $ 12,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
CHARLES WHITE (1918 - 1979)
Bessie (Smith).

Linoleum cut printed in green and black on cream imitation Japan paper, 1950. 305x228 mm; wide (full ?)margins. Gedeon cites only 1 estate signed-impression, aside from the total edition of approximately 16, printed in various colors. With the estate signature stamp, lower right. Titled, dated 1954, inscribed "State II," "All four states in edition of 16" and numbered 5/5 in pencil, lower margin. Small puncture at the number, lower margin. A superb impression of this very scarce print.

We have not found another impression at auction in 20 years. The print is based on the artist's same-titled tempera painting of the popular blues singer from the same year. Andrea D. Barnwell, Charles White, p 48. Gedeon Eb6.