Oct 07, 2021 - Sale 2581

Sale 2581 - Lot 18

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
WILLIAM E. SMITH (1913-1997)
War Fatigue.

Linoleum cut on wove paper, 1940. 304x254 mm; 12x10 inches, full margins. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 7/10 in pencil, lower margin.

Another impression of this very scarce print is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

William E. Smith, alongside artists Hughie Lee-Smith, Elmer Brown, Charles Sallée, and others, formed the influential circle of African American artists who trained and exhibited at the WPA-funded Karamu House art center in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1930 and early 1940s. Smith's important, early linocuts were exhibited nationally throughout his lifetime. After his service in WWII, Smith settled in Los Angeles where he worked as both as an artist and cultural activist. He helped found the group Art West Associated in 1960, an organization formed to promote African American artists in California.