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Painter, Sculptor, b. 1893 - d. 1965

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        • Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) "Cabin Days"
          Apr. 29, 2024

          Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) "Cabin Days"

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) "Cabin Days" C. 1938-39, carborundum mezzotint restrike edition, 1 of 10 restrike copies, stamped: D. Thrash. Framed. See: Cat. #81, p.105 "Dox Thrash, An African American Master Printmaker Rediscovered," by John Ittman, University of Washington Press, 2001. Unframed. Size: 10'' x 9.25'', 25 x 23 cm (image); 18'' x 13.25'', 46 x 34 cm (sheet); 19.5'' x 17.25'', 50 x 44 cm (mat). Provenance: ex collection John F. Warren.

          Material Culture
        • Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) "Life"
          Apr. 29, 2024

          Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) "Life"

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) "Life," C. 1938-39, carborundum mezzotint restrike edition, 1 of 10 restrike copies, stamped: D. Thrash. See: Cat. #83, p.106 "Dox Thrash, An African American Master Printmaker Rediscovered," by John Ittman, University of Washington Press, 2001. Unframed. Size: 11'' x 8.75'', 28 x 22 cm (image); 17.75'' x 13'', 45 x 33 cm (sheet); 20.25'' x 16.75'', 51 x 43 cm (mat). Provenance: ex collection John F. Warren.

          Material Culture
        • Dox Thrash (1893-1965) "Inveigling"
          Apr. 29, 2024

          Dox Thrash (1893-1965) "Inveigling"

          Est: $1,500 - $3,000

          Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) "Inveigling," lithograph, signed in plate and pencil signed and titled. Unframed. Size: 19.25'' x 13.75'', 49 x 35 cm (sheet); 24'' x 18'', 61 x 46 cm (mat). Provenance: ex collection John F. Warren. See: Cat. #166, p.124 "Dox Thrash, An African American Master Printmaker Rediscovered," by John Ittman, University of Washington Press, 2001.

          Material Culture
        • DOX THRASH (1893 - 1965) Cabin Days.
          Apr. 04, 2024

          DOX THRASH (1893 - 1965) Cabin Days.

          Est: $6,000 - $9,000

          DOX THRASH (1893 - 1965) Cabin Days. Carborundum mezzotint on cream wove paper, 1938-1939. 254x232 mm; 10x9 ⅛ inches, wide margins. Proof, aside from an unknown edition. A posthumous impression, with the estate signature ink stamp, lower margin. Possibly a childhood memory of growing up in Griffin, Georgia, this evocative print displays Thrash's experimental technique in carborundum mezzotint and an unromantic view of the Black experience living in rural America. Thrash called this medium "Opheliagraph" for period in honor of his mother, who died in 1936. IIttmann notes only two impressions of this scarce print in public collections. Ittmann 90.

          Swann Auction Galleries
        • Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) - Nude Woman Reclining
          Dec. 05, 2023

          Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) - Nude Woman Reclining

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) - Nude Woman Reclining Signed ‘Thrash’ bottom right, ink on cream watercolor paper (possibly arches) 14 x 20 in. (35.6x50.8cm) Provenance Private Collection, New Jersey. 

          Freeman's
        • Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) - Portrait of a Woman
          Dec. 05, 2023

          Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) - Portrait of a Woman

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965) - Portrait of a Woman Signed ‘Thrash’ bottom left, ink on cream watercolor paper (possibly arches) 15 x 14 in. (38.1x35.6cm) Provenance Private Collection, New Jersey. 

          Freeman's
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Coal Breaker (or Breaker)
          Dec. 02, 2023

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Coal Breaker (or Breaker)

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Coal Breaker (or Breaker) c. 1943 carborundum mezzotint and etching on cream laid paper 9-13/16 x 6-7/8 inches Plate: Nowak Restrike Edition: Nowak; Warren Illustrated: Ittman, John, Dox Thrash: An African American Master Printmaker Rediscovered; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2001; 110-111.

          Black Art Auction
        • Dox Thrash (American/Pennsylvania, 1893-1965)
          Sep. 07, 2023

          Dox Thrash (American/Pennsylvania, 1893-1965)

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          Dox Thrash (American/Pennsylvania, 1893-1965), "Coal Breaker", carborundum mezzotint and etching, unsigned, 9 3/4 in. x 6 7/8 in., unframed.

          Neal Auction Company
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Floral Still Life
          May. 20, 2023

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Floral Still Life

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Floral Still Life c.1940 watercolor on paper 19 x 12-1/2 inches signed Provenance: private collection, Philadelphia, PA

          Black Art Auction
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Reclining Nude
          May. 20, 2023

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Reclining Nude

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Reclining Nude c. 1940-1950 ink wash on paper 7-1/4 x 9 inches Signed Thrash on verso

          Black Art Auction
        • DOX THRASH (1893 - 1965) Seated Nude.
          Apr. 06, 2023

          DOX THRASH (1893 - 1965) Seated Nude.

          Est: $6,000 - $9,000

          DOX THRASH (1893 - 1965) Seated Nude. Oil on masonite board, circa 1940. 584x457 mm; 23x18 inches. With the artist's estate ink stamp, lower right. Provenance: acquired at Rago Auctions Lambertville, NJ, December 2, 2005 ; private collection, New Jersey.

          Swann Auction Galleries
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Anna
          Nov. 19, 2022

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Anna

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Anna c. 1942 (before 1942) carborundum mezzotint 7-1/2 x 5-3/4 inches (image) 10-1/2 x 9 (sheet) stamp signature Dox Thrash was a master of technical innovation who was equally adept at capturing African American life with a social realist lens. He was born in a former slave cabin in Griffin, Georgia in 1893 and studied art through correspondence school until 1909 when he moved to Chicago and began taking part time classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1917, he served in the army as a member of the 92nd Division Buffalo Soldiers in France. He was wounded and in lieu of being sent to the front, he toured in a vaudeville act that performed at military hospitals. Thrash was able to resume his studies in 1919 at the AIC and also received tutoring from established African American artist, William Edouard Scott. He lived an itinerant lifestyle in Boston, Connecticut, and New York, working odd jobs and painting, until eventually, in 1926, he settled in Philadelphia where he studied at the Philadelphia Sketch Club with Earl Hortor. He took a job with the Federal Art Project's Fine Print Workshop in 1937 and began experimenting with the aquatint process. Thrash is credited with later inventing the process of carborundum printing, also known as carbograph, with fellow artists Hugh Mesibov and Michael Gallagher. He made his debut as an artist in 1931 at the Catherine Street YWCA in Philadelphia, which featured an exhibition of his oil and watercolor paintings. In 1933, his first exhibition of prints was held at the same location. Thrash's work has been exhibited widely including: The Negro Artist Comes of Age, Albany Institute of History and Art, 1945; Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976; Black Artists/South, Huntsville Museum of Art, 1979; Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2015; and In Search of Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art. Woodmere Art Museum, PA, 2009. Recent exhibitions include, Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2019 and Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint.

          Black Art Auction
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Twenty-fourth Street and Ridge Avenue
          Nov. 19, 2022

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Twenty-fourth Street and Ridge Avenue

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Twenty-fourth Street and Ridge Avenue 1937-39 (printed in the early 1970s) etching, printed in brown ink 10-7/8 x 8-3/4 inches from the Nowak restrike edition, artist's estate ink stamp signature, numbered VIII/X in pencil Originally published by the Federal Works Agency, WPA, Philadelphia, there is only one early impression of this etching recorded, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection. Restrike editions of the nine Thrash plates owned by the Nowaks were printed shortly after April, 15, 1971. Ittmann 22.

          Black Art Auction
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Abraham
          Jun. 04, 2022

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Abraham

          Est: $2,500 - $4,500

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Abraham 1937 drypoint 5 x 3-7/8 inches, full margins signed and titled in pencil in the margin label verso from Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration (State of Pennsylvania) A very rare example; a strong impression and a period strike.

          Black Art Auction
        • DOX THRASH (Pennsylvania/Canada, 1893-1965), Portrait of a seated man., Watercolor on paper, 14" x 10.25" sight. Framed 19" x 15".
          Nov. 05, 2021

          DOX THRASH (Pennsylvania/Canada, 1893-1965), Portrait of a seated man., Watercolor on paper, 14" x 10.25" sight. Framed 19" x 15".

          Est: $700 - $1,000

          DOX THRASH Pennsylvania/Canada, 1893-1965 Portrait of a seated man. Signed lower left "D. Thrash".

          Eldred's
        • DOX THRASH (Pennsylvania/Canada, 1893-1965), Portrait of a woman., Watercolor on paper, 14" x 10.25" sight. Framed 19" x 15".
          Nov. 05, 2021

          DOX THRASH (Pennsylvania/Canada, 1893-1965), Portrait of a woman., Watercolor on paper, 14" x 10.25" sight. Framed 19" x 15".

          Est: $700 - $1,000

          DOX THRASH Pennsylvania/Canada, 1893-1965 Portrait of a woman. Signed lower left "D. Thrash".

          Eldred's
        • DOX THRASH WATERCOLOR
          Sep. 11, 2021

          DOX THRASH WATERCOLOR

          Est: $1,200 - $1,500

          Dox Thrash (1893-1965, PA/Canada) framed and matted watercolor of a marina and water, signed lower left. 14" x 19" ss / 26" x 31" oa

          Wiederseim Associates, Inc.
        • Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)
          Sep. 01, 2021

          Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893 - 1965) Ink and Wash Drawing on Paper "Portrait of a Woman" Unsigned. Unframed. Sheet measures 11" x 7". Condition: Small loss to the top right corner, toning and spotting otherwise good condition. Estimate: $1000.00 - $2000.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)
          Sep. 01, 2021

          Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893 - 1965) Pencil Drawing on Paper "School Teacher" Inscribed Lower Right. Unframed. Sheet measures 8-1/4" x 6-7/8". Condition: Toning, full length crease on the left side of the artwork otherwise good condition. Estimate: $1000.00 - $2000.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)
          Sep. 01, 2021

          Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893 - 1965) Ink Drawing on Paper "Reclining Nude Model" Unsigned. Unframed. Sheet measures 7-1/8" x 9-3/4" Condition: Toning and creases otherwise good condition. Estimate: $1000.00 - $2000.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)
          Sep. 01, 2021

          Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893 - 1965) Graphite Drawing on Paper "Nude Model with Mirror in Hand" Unsigned. Appears to have a French watermark across the top. Unframed. Sheet measures 11-1/8" x 7" Condition: Some wear to the top border, small separated crease left left otherwise good condition. Estimate: $1000.00 - $2000.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)
          Sep. 01, 2021

          Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          Dox Thrash, American (1893 - 1965) Ink and Wash on Paper "Exposed Model" Unsigned. Unframed. Sheet measures 11" x 8-1/2". Condition: Toning otherwise good condition. Estimate: $1500.00 - $2500.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)
          Sep. 01, 2021

          Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          Dox Thrash, American (1893 - 1965) Graphite, Ink and Wash Drawing on Paper "Nude Model" Unsigned. Unframed. Sheet measures 11-1/4" x 6-1/8". Condition: Toning, light foxing, crease to lower right corner otherwise good condition. Estimate: $1500.00 - $2500.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)
          Sep. 01, 2021

          Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893 - 1965) Pencil Drawing on Paper "The Diary" Unsigned. Unframed. Sheet measures 11-1/8" x 8-1/2". Condition: Toning, some edge wear to the top otherwise good condition. Estimate: $1000.00 - $2000.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)
          Sep. 01, 2021

          Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893 - 1965) Pencil, Ink and Watercolor on Paper "Couple's Dance" Unsigned. Measures 7-3/4" x 9-1/2". Condition: Toning otherwise good condition. Estimate: $1000.00 - $2000.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)
          Sep. 01, 2021

          Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893 - 1965) Pencil and Wash on Paper "Nude Male Figure wearing a Hat" Unsigned. Unframed. Measures 7-3/4" x 4-7/8". Condition: Toning, some light wear along the edges otherwise good condition. Estimate: $1000.00 - $2000.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)
          Sep. 01, 2021

          Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965)

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893 - 1965) Watercolor on Paper "Portrait of a Bull" Unsigned. Unframed. Sheet size: 7-1/2" x 6-7/8". Condition: Small wear on the small portion of the border otherwise good condition. Estimate: $1000.00 - $2000.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Anna
          Jul. 17, 2021

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Anna

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Anna c. 1942 (before 1942) carborundum mezzotint 7-1/2 x 5-5/8 inches posthumous impression (noted in Ittman), stamp signature, numbered II/X Provenance: The Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art, San Francisco, CA BAA acknowledges Ron Rumford of Dolan Maxwell (Philadelphia, PA) for his kind assistance in helping us catalog this lot. Dox Thrash was a master of technical innovation who was equally adept at capturing African American life with a social realist lens. He was born in a former slave cabin in Griffin, Georgia in 1893 and studied art through correspondence school until 1909 when he moved to Chicago and began taking part time classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1917, he served in the army as a member of the 92nd Division Buffalo Soldiers in France. He was wounded and in lieu of being sent to the front, he toured in a vaudeville act that performed at military hospitals. Thrash was able to resume his studies in 1919 at the AIC and also received tutoring from established African American artist, William Edouard Scott. He lived an itinerant lifestyle in Boston, Connecticut, and New York, working odd jobs and painting, until eventually, in 1926, he settled in Philadelphia where he studied at the Philadelphia Sketch Club with Earl Hortor. He took a job with the Federal Art Project's Fine Print Workshop in 1937 and began experimenting with the aquatint process. Thrash is credited with later inventing the process of carborundum printing, also known as carbograph, with fellow artists Hugh Mesibov and Michael Gallagher. He made his debut as an artist in 1931 at the Catherine Street YWCA in Philadelphia, which featured an exhibition of his oil and watercolor paintings. In 1933, his first exhibition of prints was held at the same location. Thrash's work has been exhibited widely including: The Negro Artist Comes of Age, Albany Institute of History and Art, 1945; Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976; Black Artists/South, Huntsville Museum of Art, 1979; Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2015; and In Search of Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art. Woodmere Art Museum, PA, 2009. Recent exhibitions include, Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2019 and Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint.

          Black Art Auction
        • Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)
          Feb. 17, 2021

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)

          Est: $2,500 - $3,500

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965), Ink and Wash, Nudes. Unsigned. Sheet measures 9-1/2" H, 12-3/8" W. Provenance: Collection of Samuel and Sally Nowak. Condition: Toning and creasing to paper Estimate: $2500.00 - $3500.00 Domestic Shipping: $45.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)
          Feb. 17, 2021

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)

          Est: $6,000 - $8,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965), Watercolor on Artist Board, Mother and Child. Unsigned. Measures 11-3/8" H, 9-1/4" W. Provenance: Collection of Samuel and Sally Nowak. Condition: Wear to corners, slice to bottom center of board. Overall good condition. Estimate: $6000.00 - $8000.00 Domestic Shipping: $85.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)
          Feb. 17, 2021

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965), Carborundum Mezzotint, Young Girl with Book. Signed lower right, numbered 5/10 (V/X). Measures 10-7/8" H, 8-3/4" W; mat measures 18-1/2" H, 13-3/8" W. Provenance: Collection of Samuel and Sally Nowak. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate: $2000.00 - $3000.00 Domestic Shipping: $125.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)
          Feb. 17, 2021

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)

          Est: $3,500 - $5,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965) Watercolor, Landscape with Cats. Signed lower right. Measures 13-7/8" H x 10" W; mat measures 18" H, 14" W. Provenance: Collection of Samuel and Sally Nowak. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate: $3500.00 - $5000.00 Domestic Shipping: $125.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)
          Feb. 17, 2021

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)

          Est: $6,500 - $8,500

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965) Watercolor, Sporting Scene. Signed lower right. Measures 10" x 20". Provenance: Collection of Samuel and Sally Nowak. Condition: Good condition. Estimate: $6500.00 - $8500.00 Domestic Shipping: $140.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)
          Feb. 17, 2021

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)

          Est: $3,000 - $4,000

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965) Watercolor, Sporting Scene. Signed lower right. Measures 4" x 10-3/4"; mat measures 12" x 16". Provenance: Collection of Samuel and Sally Nowak. Condition: Good condition. Estimate: $3000.00 - $4000.00 Domestic Shipping: $125.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)
          Feb. 17, 2021

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965)

          Est: $2,500 - $3,500

          Dox Thrash, American (1893-1965) Pencil on Paper, Running Hurdles and Tank. Unsigned. Sheet measures 12-1/2" H, 9-5/8" W. Provenance: Collection of Samuel and Sally Nowak. Condition: Good condition. Toning, a few pins holes at corners, wear to edges of paper. Estimate: $2500.00 - $3500.00 Domestic Shipping: $65.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Still Life
          Feb. 06, 2021

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Still Life

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Still Life c. 1940 carborundum mezzotint and carborundum relief etching 5 x 7-1/2 inches posthumous impression (noted in Ittman), stamp signature Provenance: The Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art, San Francisco, CA BAA acknowledges Ron Rumford of Dolan Maxwell (Philadelphia, PA) for his kind assistance in helping us catalog this lot. Dox Thrash was a master of technical innovation who was equally adept at capturing African American life with a social realist lens. He was born in a former slave cabin in Griffin, Georgia in 1893 and studied art through correspondence school until 1909 when he moved to Chicago and began taking part time classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1917, he served in the army as a member of the 92nd Division Buffalo Soldiers in France. He was wounded and in lieu of being sent to the front, he toured in a vaudeville act that performed at military hospitals. Thrash was able to resume his studies in 1919 at the AIC and also received tutoring from established African American artist, William Edouard Scott. He lived an itinerant lifestyle in Boston, Connecticut, and New York, working odd jobs and painting, until eventually, in 1926, he settled in Philadelphia where he studied at the Philadelphia Sketch Club with Earl Hortor. He took a job with the Federal Art Project’s Fine Print Workshop in 1937 and began experimenting with the aquatint process. Thrash is credited with later inventing the process of carborundum printing, also known as carbograph, with fellow artists Hugh Mesibov and Michael Gallagher. He made his debut as an artist in 1931 at the Catherine Street YWCA in Philadelphia, which featured an exhibition of his oil and watercolor paintings. In 1933, his first exhibition of prints was held at the same location. Thrash’s work has been exhibited widely including: The Negro Artist Comes of Age, Albany Institute of History and Art, 1945; Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976; Black Artists/South, Huntsville Museum of Art, 1979; Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2015; and In Search of Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art. Woodmere Art Museum, PA, 2009. Recent exhibitions include, Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2019 and Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint.

          Black Art Auction
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Anna
          Feb. 06, 2021

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Anna

          Est: $2,700 - $3,200

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Anna c. 1942 (before 1942) carborundum mezzotint 7-1/2 x 5-5/8 inches posthumous impression (noted in Ittman), stamp signature, numbered II/X Provenance: The Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art, San Francisco, CA BAA acknowledges Ron Rumford of Dolan Maxwell (Philadelphia, PA) for his kind assistance in helping us catalog this lot. Dox Thrash was a master of technical innovation who was equally adept at capturing African American life with a social realist lens. He was born in a former slave cabin in Griffin, Georgia in 1893 and studied art through correspondence school until 1909 when he moved to Chicago and began taking part time classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1917, he served in the army as a member of the 92nd Division Buffalo Soldiers in France. He was wounded and in lieu of being sent to the front, he toured in a vaudeville act that performed at military hospitals. Thrash was able to resume his studies in 1919 at the AIC and also received tutoring from established African American artist, William Edouard Scott. He lived an itinerant lifestyle in Boston, Connecticut, and New York, working odd jobs and painting, until eventually, in 1926, he settled in Philadelphia where he studied at the Philadelphia Sketch Club with Earl Hortor. He took a job with the Federal Art Project’s Fine Print Workshop in 1937 and began experimenting with the aquatint process. Thrash is credited with later inventing the process of carborundum printing, also known as carbograph, with fellow artists Hugh Mesibov and Michael Gallagher. He made his debut as an artist in 1931 at the Catherine Street YWCA in Philadelphia, which featured an exhibition of his oil and watercolor paintings. In 1933, his first exhibition of prints was held at the same location. Thrash’s work has been exhibited widely including: The Negro Artist Comes of Age, Albany Institute of History and Art, 1945; Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976; Black Artists/South, Huntsville Museum of Art, 1979; Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2015; and In Search of Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art. Woodmere Art Museum, PA, 2009. Recent exhibitions include, Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2019 and Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint.

          Black Art Auction
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Cabin Days
          Feb. 06, 2021

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Cabin Days

          Est: $2,700 - $3,200

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Cabin Days c. 1938-39 carborundum mezzotint 10 x 9 1/8 inches posthumous impression (noted in Ittman), stamp signature Provenance: The Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art, San Francisco, CA BAA acknowledges Ron Rumford of Dolan Maxwell (Philadelphia, PA) for his kind assistance in helping us catalog this lot. Dox Thrash was a master of technical innovation who was equally adept at capturing African American life with a social realist lens. He was born in a former slave cabin in Griffin, Georgia in 1893 and studied art through correspondence school until 1909 when he moved to Chicago and began taking part time classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1917, he served in the army as a member of the 92nd Division Buffalo Soldiers in France. He was wounded and in lieu of being sent to the front, he toured in a vaudeville act that performed at military hospitals. Thrash was able to resume his studies in 1919 at the AIC and also received tutoring from established African American artist, William Edouard Scott. He lived an itinerant lifestyle in Boston, Connecticut, and New York, working odd jobs and painting, until eventually, in 1926, he settled in Philadelphia where he studied at the Philadelphia Sketch Club with Earl Hortor. He took a job with the Federal Art Project’s Fine Print Workshop in 1937 and began experimenting with the aquatint process. Thrash is credited with later inventing the process of carborundum printing, also known as carbograph, with fellow artists Hugh Mesibov and Michael Gallagher. He made his debut as an artist in 1931 at the Catherine Street YWCA in Philadelphia, which featured an exhibition of his oil and watercolor paintings. In 1933, his first exhibition of prints was held at the same location. Thrash’s work has been exhibited widely including: The Negro Artist Comes of Age, Albany Institute of History and Art, 1945; Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976; Black Artists/South, Huntsville Museum of Art, 1979; Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2015; and In Search of Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art. Woodmere Art Museum, PA, 2009. Recent exhibitions include, Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2019 and Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint.

          Black Art Auction
        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Intermission (or Played Out)
          Feb. 06, 2021

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Intermission (or Played Out)

          Est: $3,500 - $5,500

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Intermission (or Played Out) c. 1937-38 etching and aquatint on cream wove paper 9 x 6 inches posthumous impression (noted in Ittman), stamp signature Provenance: The Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art, San Francisco, CA BAA acknowledges Ron Rumford of Dolan Maxwell (Philadelphia, PA) for his kind assistance in helping us catalog this lot. "In Played Out a young man with downcast eyes sits with his banjo on his lap, one hand resting on his face in exhaustion or perhaps despair. This is not the happy-go-lucky type of yesteryear. The musicians is weary from playing, or from too many days on the road for meager pay. " Kimberly M. Pinder, in her essay, "Racial Idiom" in the Work of Dox Thrash , p. 70, Ittman, Dox Thrash, An African American Printmaker Rediscovered. Dox Thrash was a master of technical innovation who was equally adept at capturing African American life with a social realist lens. He was born in a former slave cabin in Griffin, Georgia in 1893 and studied art through correspondence school until 1909 when he moved to Chicago and began taking part time classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1917, he served in the army as a member of the 92nd Division Buffalo Soldiers in France. He was wounded and in lieu of being sent to the front, he toured in a vaudeville act that performed at military hospitals. Thrash was able to resume his studies in 1919 at the AIC and also received tutoring from established African American artist, William Edouard Scott. He lived an itinerant lifestyle in Boston, Connecticut, and New York, working odd jobs and painting, until eventually, in 1926, he settled in Philadelphia where he studied at the Philadelphia Sketch Club with Earl Hortor. He took a job with the Federal Art Project’s Fine Print Workshop in 1937 and began experimenting with the aquatint process. Thrash is credited with later inventing the process of carborundum printing, also known as carbograph, with fellow artists Hugh Mesibov and Michael Gallagher. He made his debut as an artist in 1931 at the Catherine Street YWCA in Philadelphia, which featured an exhibition of his oil and watercolor paintings. In 1933, his first exhibition of prints was held at the same location. Thrash’s work has been exhibited widely including: The Negro Artist Comes of Age, Albany Institute of History and Art, 1945; Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976; Black Artists/South, Huntsville Museum of Art, 1979; Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2015; and In Search of Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art. Woodmere Art Museum, PA, 2009. Recent exhibitions include, Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2019 and Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint.

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        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Nursery Rhyme
          Feb. 06, 2021

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Nursery Rhyme

          Est: $2,500 - $3,500

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Nursery Rhyme Nursery Rhyme c. 1939-40 lithograph 6-5/16 x 16 inches signed and titled Published by the Federal Art Project, WPA, Philadelphia, recorded in the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC. Cindy Medley-Buckner, in her essay, The Fine Print Workshop of the Philadelphia Art Project (John Ittman, An African American Printmaker Rediscovered, p. 47), writes, "One of Thrash's earliest lithographs, Nursery Rhyme (cat. 159), depicts a theme unique to his WPA work. This representation of "There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe" was related to a mural design he was working on for the children's ward of Mercy Hospital in Philadelphia under the auspices of the FAP." Nursery Rhyme is illustrated on p. 5 of this book. Dox Thrash was a master of technical innovation who was equally adept at capturing African American life with a social realist lens. He was born in a former slave cabin in Griffin, Georgia in 1893 and studied art through correspondence school until 1909 when he moved to Chicago and began taking part time classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1917, he served in the army as a member of the 92nd Division Buffalo Soldiers in France. He was wounded and in lieu of being sent to the front, he toured in a vaudeville act that performed at military hospitals. Thrash was able to resume his studies in 1919 at the AIC and also received tutoring from established African American artist, William Edouard Scott. He lived an itinerant lifestyle in Boston, Connecticut, and New York, working odd jobs and painting, until eventually, in 1926, he settled in Philadelphia where he studied at the Philadelphia Sketch Club with Earl Hortor. He took a job with the Federal Art Project’s Fine Print Workshop in 1937 and began experimenting with the aquatint process. Thrash is credited with later inventing the process of carborundum printing, also known as carbograph, with fellow artists Hugh Mesibov and Michael Gallagher. He made his debut as an artist in 1931 at the Catherine Street YWCA in Philadelphia, which featured an exhibition of his oil and watercolor paintings. In 1933, his first exhibition of prints was held at the same location. Thrash’s work has been exhibited widely including: The Negro Artist Comes of Age, Albany Institute of History and Art, 1945; Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976; Black Artists/South, Huntsville Museum of Art, 1979; Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2015; and In Search of Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art. Woodmere Art Museum, PA, 2009. Recent exhibitions include, Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2019 and Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint.

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        • DOX THRASH (1892-1965) Trapper with Coon Skin Cap (Ethan Allen Mural Study).
          Feb. 04, 2021

          DOX THRASH (1892-1965) Trapper with Coon Skin Cap (Ethan Allen Mural Study).

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          DOX THRASH (1892-1965) Trapper with Coon Skin Cap (Ethan Allen Mural Study). Tempera, watercolor and ink with pencil on panel. 406x254 mm; 16x10 inches (panel). With the estate ink signature stamp, lower right recto. Titled and inscribed "Ethan Allen Mural Study" in pencil, verso. Circa 1939-40. Provenance: the artist; Samuel and Sally Nowak, Philadelphia; private collection, Philadelphia; acquired at Freeman's, Philadelphia, May 16, 2010; private collection, Philadelphia. Little is known about the Ethan Allen Mural, this study is one of many mural proposals made by Dox Thrash in the late 1930s who was inspired by the murals of Chicago artist William Edouard Scott.

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        • Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Construction Workers, Philadelphia, Oil on board, 20 x 24 inches
          Nov. 14, 2020

          Dox Thrash, 1893-1965, Construction Workers, Philadelphia, Oil on board, 20 x 24 inches

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Dox Thrash 1893-1965 Construction Workers, Philadelphia Oil on board c. 1945 unsigned Thrash was born in a former slave cabin in Griffin, Georgia in 1892. He studied art through correspondence school until 1909 when he moved to Chicago. There, he began taking part time classes at the Art Institute and also studied privately with William E. Scott. He resumed full time studies after serving in World War I. Thrash lived an itinerant lifestyle in Boston, Connecticut, and New York, working odd jobs and painting. Eventually, in 1926, he settled in Philadelphia where he studied at the Philadelphia Sketch Club with Earl Hortor. Thrash began experimenting with the aquatint process in the early 1930’s and is credited with later inventing the process of carborundum printing, known as cartograph, with fellow students Hugh Mesibov and Michael Gallagher. He made his debut as an artist in 1931 at the Catherine Street YWCA in Philadelphia, which featured an exhibition of his oil and watercolor paintings. In 1933, his first exhibition of prints was held at the same location. In 1937, Dox Thrash joined the Federal Arts Project as a printmaker and worked for Philadelphia’s Fine Print Workshop Division producing portraits and urban and rural scenes related to African-American life. During World War II, he created a series of prints with a patriotic focus. He remained a prominent artist in Philadelphia until his death in 1965. Thrash devoted a great deal of his artistic career to printmaking, and his innovative work in that medium is significant, but he did produce both watercolors and oil paintings throughout his life, and as seen in this image, the results were highly successful. In 2002, the Pennsylvania Art Museum presented a retrospective of his work entitled, Dox Thrash: An African-American Master Printmaker Rediscovered. It featured over 100 of his drawings, watercolors, and prints. 20 x 24 inches

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        • Dox Thrash (American/Pennsylvania, 1893-1965)
          Sep. 11, 2020

          Dox Thrash (American/Pennsylvania, 1893-1965)

          Est: $1,200 - $1,800

          Dox Thrash (American/Pennsylvania, 1893-1965), "Nude in a Cubist Composition", oil on canvas, signed lower right, 17 in. x 22 in., framed

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        • Dox Thrash, Twenty Fourth Street and Ridge Avenue
          Jun. 26, 2020

          Dox Thrash, Twenty Fourth Street and Ridge Avenue

          Est: $1,800 - $2,400

          Dox Thrash Twenty Fourth Street and Ridge Avenue c. 1937-1939 etching 17.50 h × 13 w in (44 × 33 cm) Signed and numbered to lower edge 'X/X D. Thrash'. This work is number 10 from the edition of 10. Provenance: The artist | Samuel and Sally Nowak | Through the family by descent Literature: Ittman 22 condition: Sheet is in good condition with a strong impression. Very faint creasing to lower left corner and few spots of light discoloration in margins. Mounted to backing in photocorners and matted. Unframed.

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        • Dox Thrash, Coal Breaker or Breaker
          Jun. 26, 2020

          Dox Thrash, Coal Breaker or Breaker

          Est: $1,800 - $2,400

          Dox Thrash Coal Breaker or Breaker c. 1943 / 1970/71 carborundum mezzotint and etching 18 h × 13.125 w in (46 × 33 cm) Signed and numbered to lower edge 'V/X D. Thrash'. This work is number 5 from the edition of 10. Provenance: The artist | Samuel and Sally Nowak | Through the family by descent Literature: Ittman 67 condition: Sheet is in good condition with a strong impression. Very faint surface soiling in upper margin. Affixed to mat along verso of upper and lower edges with non-archival tape. Unframed.

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        • Dox Thrash, Untitled (portrait of woman with hat)
          Jun. 26, 2020

          Dox Thrash, Untitled (portrait of woman with hat)

          Est: $1,800 - $2,400

          Dox Thrash Untitled (portrait of woman with hat) ink on paper 9 h × 7.125 w in (23 × 18 cm) Provenance: The artist I Samuel and Sally Nowak | Through the family by descent Literature: Ittman 18 condition: Hinged to backing board at top, minor bend to paper lower right edge. Paper is slightly discolored along edges. Minute tear lower edge, otherwise in good condition. Unframed.

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        • Dox Thrash, Untitled (Egyptian figure)
          Jun. 26, 2020

          Dox Thrash, Untitled (Egyptian figure)

          Est: $2,500 - $3,000

          Dox Thrash Untitled (Egyptian figure) ink and graphite on paper 9.875 h × 8.125 w in (25 × 21 cm) Provenance: The artist I Samuel and Sally Nowak | Through the family by descent condition: Top right corner is torn off. Minor tear 3.5" down from the top on right side. Minor tear towards bottom on both left and right side. Minor crease to top left corner. Unframed.

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        • Dox Thrash, Life
          Jun. 26, 2020

          Dox Thrash, Life

          Est: $1,800 - $2,400

          Dox Thrash Life carborundum mezzotint 18 h × 14.25 w in (46 × 36 cm) Signed and numbered to lower edge 'V/X D. Thrash'. This work is number 5 from the edition of 10. Provenance: The artist | Samuel and Sally Nowak | Through the family by descent Literature: Ittman 83 condition: Good condition with overall toning to sheet. Minor creasing to lower left corner and few faint soft creases throughout margins. Mounted in photocorners and matted. Unframed.

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