(American, British and Continental, 19th-20th Century)

  1. Hervier, Une Femme
  2. Lalauze, La Compagnie Félicite
  3. Raffet, A Group of Men
  4. Steinlen, Head of a Man
  5. Ribot, Studies of a Left Hand
  6. Bèjot, Sur la Marne
  7. Carrière, Two Figures
  8. de Beaumont, “Je te reconnaitras bien…’’
  9. Bone, Winter near Aylmerton
  10. Bone, A Back Street
  11. Blampied, Deux Précieux
  12. Haden, English Landscape
  13. Haden, Sketches for “Greenwich”
  14. Howarth, A Street in Montreuil
  15. Auerbach-Levy , Caricature Portrait of Eugene O’Neill
  16. Kinney, Female Nude
  17. Singer, Shipping in the River
  18. de Martelly, Scene in an Inn
  19. Higgins, Peering Cat
  20. Hopkins, Pattern Designs
  21. Church,The Old Log Tavern
  22. Nisbet, Farm Buildings
  23. Thorne, Running Horse
  24. Capraro ,The Massacre of the Innocents
  25. Vierge, "Pablo de Segovia"
  26. Müller, Pianist
  27. Gaillard, Empress Catherine
  28. Lepic, La Cigogne
  29. van ‘s Gravesande, Katwyk
  30. Besnard, Eve
  31. Webster, Voiliers à Venise
  32. Webster, Farm House
  33. Prouvé, Design for a Leather Book Binding
  34. Buhot, Idée de Premier Frontispice pour "L’Ensorcelée"
  35. Buhot, Peasant Women
  36. Bléry, Osmonde et Taminier
  37. Lançon, An Arrest
  38. Pascin, Female Nude Study
  39. Trimolet, December
  40. Appian, Traveler in a Forest
  41. Calvert, Woodland Stream
  42. Calvert, Draped Female
  43. Giddens, Gerona, Spain
  44. McBey, Santa Cruz, California
  45. Dehn, Central Park, NYC
  46. Brockhurst, Anthea
  47. Petitjean, Portrait
  48. Cameron, Chinon
  49. MacLaughlan, Argentière
  50. Covarrubias, Billy Rose
  51. Forain, La Pluie d’Or
  52. Citon, Head of a Woman
  53. Kelsey, Village Street, Mexico
  54. Hart, Speaker and Listener
  55. Kupka, Robed Monk
  56. Chauvel, Pont de Sichol, Thiers
  57. Roussel, Ornament Study
  58. Raffaëlli, La Bièvre
  59. Lepere, Flooded Countryside
  60. Lalanne, Vast Pasture

30. Paul-Albert Besnard


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Besnard, Eve


Pen and brush and black ink on tan paper, 363 x 274 mm. Besnard was a distinguished artist, both as a painter and as an etcher, an elected member of the French Academy and the director of the École des Beaux-Arts. As an etcher, he seemed preoccupied with two things in almost equal measure: women and death, and often the two together. Although no one knowing his etchings would immediately recognize this drawing as his, the theme is there. The sheet has been creased, torn, mended and shows splotches of green watercolor and has been backed with another sheet. It bears the stamp of his estate and was, no doubt, rescued from the studio floor. Despite all this, it shows the assurance and economy of someone who indeed knew how to draw.