SPRUANCE, Benton

American (1904 – 1967)

Bulldog Edition, ca. 1932

Gouache painting on thick wove paper. The artist also made a lithograph of the same title and date (Fine/Looney 76). Signed pencil in the painting, lower left.

9 1/8  x 14 7/8 inches  |  23.2 x 37.8 cm

Provenance:

Hahn Gallery, Philadelphia
Private collection, Boston, acquired from above in 1982
Private collection, New York

Spruance utilized the same composition for his lithograph and painting of the same title.  A lone seated man reads the bulldog edition, which is the earliest edition of the morning newspaper usually appearing the evening before.  The sweeping curves and vivid colors add a dynamic energy, and lights in the subway tunnel hint at an oncoming train. Spruance paintings from his most important period of the 1930s almost never appear on the market. This outstanding gouache painting is in fine condition.

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