Mar 31, 2022 - Sale 2599

Sale 2599 - Lot 6

Price Realized: $ 10,400
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000

Linoleum cut on cream Japan paper, 1929. 368x273 mm; 14x10 3/4 inches, wide margins. Artist's proof, from a later printing of an unknown edition size. Signed, dated and inscribed "AP" in pencil, lower margin. Another impression dated 1929 is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Exhibited: James Lesesne Wells: Sixty Years of Art, curated and organized by Richard Powell and Jock Reynolds, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, December 4, 1986 - January 24, 1987, then traveled to The Studio Museum in Harlem, spring and summer 1988 (another impression).

Illustrated: Richard Powell and Jock Reynolds, James Lesesne Wells: Sixty Years of Art. p. iii (another impression).

Builders was created by Wells the year he began teaching printmaking at Howard University in Washington, DC. In Builders, Wells portrays the everyday experience of African Americans at labor in this bold, graphic composition.