Spanish painter; associated with the Ultra-Modern schools, notably Futurism, Constructivism, Cubism, Abstract Irrationalism, and Surrealism. Original pen and ink sketch, unsigned, full page, large quarto, n.d. Three abstract reclining forms, each propped up on a bent elbow and each extending a hand holding a bowl. A fine example. Framed in russet, caramel and antique gilt, … [ Read More ]
Collectible Autographs from Famous Artists
Autograph signatures, signed letters, and other signed pieces of artists vary in availability, and collector demand varies widely. The most popular area of interest among collectors is the French artists, beginning with early Impressionism in the 19th century and continuing well into the 20th century. Signed letters of Edouard Manet, the originator and leader of Impressionism, are, relative to other artists of the later period, much rarer and more in demand. Claude Monet was very well-known and signed many letters, but he is in great demand by collectors. More likely to be found are signed pieces by Auguste Rodin, the leading sculptor of realism. Pablo Picasso would give his autograph signature to admirers both through the mail and in person, but the international interest in Picasso has created a demand that has made his autograph signature difficult to find. The autographs of Henri Matisse, a leading fauvist painter and sculptor, are much rarer than the autograph material of his contemporaries. The Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali signed his autograph under many different circumstances but his popularity has caused him to not be as common as he might be.
In the field of American art, John James Audubon's autograph signatures and signed pieces are quite rare. The sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens less so, but his signed letters have been collected by an institutional library. John Singer Sargent, who wrote many signed letters of a social nature, has generally been available. The two American Western sculptors and painters, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, are quite rare in autograph material, as is Albert Bierstadt.
MARIE LAURENCIN. French modernist painter. Autograph Letter Signed, one and a half pages, octavo, undated. To an unnamed lady, concerning her tapestry designs that the state manufacturer would surely reject, but when the tapestry again comes into vogue, she is certain they will be accepted. Price: $4,750 This item is associated with the following … [ Read More ]
SPANISH PAINTER AND ENGRAVER PABLO PICASSO. Signed Book. Le Phénix by Paul Éluard. Signed by Picasso, with a red colored pencil, on the front cover. Paris: GLM éditeurs, 1952. Quarto; 61 pages. Original tan paper covers. Contained in a handsome quarter leather red fall-back box. Éluard met and befriended Picasso in the early 1930’s when … [ Read More ]