Jan 25, 2024 - Sale 2657

Sale 2657 - Lot 152

Price Realized: $ 5,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500

MABEL DWIGHT (1875-1955)

"Stick 'Em Up."
Lithograph, 1928. 10⅜x10⅜ inches, full margins. Edition of 50. Printed by by George C. Miller, New York and published by Weyhe Gallery, Maine. Additional impressions are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington DC, the Hood Museum of art at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania.

Mabel Dwight (1876-1955) was born in Cincinnati and travelled extensively as a child and young adult. She studied at the Hopkins School of Art in San Francisco in the late 1890s, though gave up her nascent reputation as an artist once she was married in 1906. In 1917, she separated from her husband and resumed painting, joining the Whitney Studio Club in New York. With the encouragement of Carl Zigrosser, who often urged American artists to make a pilgrimage to the Atelier Desjobert, she traveled to Paris in 1927 to learn lithography. He said of her, "Dwight did not just skim the surface of the comic and incongruous, but probed into the depths, ever imbued with pity and compassion, a sense of irony, and the understanding that comes of profound experience... There is detachment also, the sense of seeing life from afar, the long view of things." After returning to New York, her mature style blossomed, blending social realist subjects with her unique brand of satire. In 1928, she produced her first American lithographs and printed 17 works in collaboration with George Miller. She went on to produce lithographs for the Federal Arts Projects during the Great Depression. Robinson & Pirog 33.