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Evil Omen




Fleeing the Nazis, Curt Valentin arrived in New York in 1937 with enough modern German art to open an American office of Buchholz Gallery, where he had worked in Hamburg. Widely respected as one of the most astute dealers in modern art, Valentin organized influential exhibitions and attracted major artists to his Gallery. In 1951, the gallery became the Curt Valentin Gallery.

Jean Arp’s Dreams and Projects portfolio, published in 1952, might have been the first of the works Valentin published.  The portfolio, printed by Fequet et Baudier in Paris, contains 28 beautiful and evocative woodcut prints.  This woodcut is from one of only 25 special sets of the portfolio which were printed on rich and lustrous Japan paper.

The special Japan edition of this woodcut print has been sold, but the regular edition remains available, at a cost of $1,175, on the white wove paper.  Please contact us to inquire.

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Woodcut print in black and blue-gray ink.
Printed on natural white Japan paper with two deckled edges.
Kurt Valentin, New York
Fequet et Baudier, Paris
Printed in 1951 and 1952 and published in 1952.
Woodcut print is unsigned but a duplicate of the colophon to the portfolio, which is numbered and signed in pencil by the artist, is included with the print.
The woodcut, unnumbered, is from Portfolio Number 23 out of the first 25 special double sets, aside from the remaining 295 ordinary sets.
Custom framed in black-stained Ash behind 99% UV-filtering Plexiglass.  All conservation materials. Please note that this work was reframed after photographing. It was put in a larger frame to create a wider bottom margin to better present the picture.
Excellent condition. Deep blacks, crisp lines, full margins. Minimal bruising to edges of sheet.
Framed Size:
23 in. (h) x 18 in. (w)
Sheet Size:
11.125 in. (h) x 8.875 in. (w)

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