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LOUISE NEVELSON Trees.
Aquatint and etching with hand coloring in watercolor on cream wove paper, circa 1955. 355x523 mm; 14 1/8x20 5/8 inches, full margins. Artist's proof, with hand coloring and aside from the edition of approximately only 20. Signed, titled "Stone Aeyhge Forest" and inscribed "1st Proof" in pencil, lower margin. A brilliant, early impression of this extremely scarce proof.
Ex-collection Albert Argentieri, New Jersey, friend of the artist; thence by descent, private collection, New Jersey. During the 1950s and 1960s, Argentieri, a photographer and artist, lived near Louise Nevelson and her assistant, Ted Haseltine, his dear friend. Albert photographed Louise, her artworks and sculptures. When staying in New Jersey, both Albert and Ted would collect wooden pieces from abandoned buildings and other locations for Nevelson to use in her sculptures. The early etchings and drawings she gifted to Argentieri are unique (see lots 28-37).
Both this etching and Trees in Circle, circa 1955 (Baro 29) were inspired by Maine landscapes which Nevelson encountered growing up in Rockland during the 1910s and 1920s. Baro 28.