Mar 10, 2022 - Sale 2597

Sale 2597 - Lot 181

Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
Shadows on the Ramp.

Drypoint and sandpaper ground, 1927. 225x265 mm; 8 3/4x10 1/2 inches, full margins. Edition of 75. Signed in pencil, lower right. A brilliant, luminous impression with sharp contrasts and richly-inked burr.

Provenance: Artist's estate, New York; thence by descent to Patricia Lewis, the artist's daughter-in-law, New York, with the "Collection of Patricia Lewis" ink stamp and number "ML-67" in pencil, verso.

This drypoint was executed the same year as Lewis' (1881-1962) first solo exhibition in New York, at the gallery Kennedy & Co.

According to McCarron, "The composition of Shadows on the Ramp is particularly well organized. The group of four figures, enlivened by the placement of heads and legs, is set against the strong angular shapes of the buildings and their shadows. Lights burning in carefully chosen windows provide additional interest." McCarron 64.