Apr 05, 2018 - Sale 2472

Sale 2472 - Lot 18

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
ROBERT BLACKBURN (1920 - 2003)

Lithograph on cream wove paper, circa 1938. 286x403 mm; 11 1/4x15 7/8 inches, wide margins. Proof, aside from an edition of 8. Signed and titled in pencil, lower margin.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; the estate of Louis Jefferson; private collection, Connecticut.

Bob Blackburn printed Refugees, alternately titled People in a Boat, at the Harlem Community Art Center, where he studied lithography with Riva Helfond and Louise Jefferson. This scarce, early print was then illustrated in DeWitt Clinton High School's literary magazine, The Magpie, in June 1938, where Blackburn attended with James Baldwin and Richard Avedon.

Other impressions of this print are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the North Carolina Central University Art Museum, Durham, NC. This is the second known impression of this lithograph to appear at auction.