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Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

EXPRESSIONIST STYLE

While “expressionist” is used to describe any art that avoids naturalism and instead employs a bold use of flattened forms and intense brushwork, Expressionist art formally describes early-20th-century work from Europe that drew on Symbolism and confronted issues such as urbanization and capitalism. Expressionist artists experimented in paintings and prints with skewed perspectives, abstraction and unconventional, bright colors to portray how isolating and anxious the world felt rather than how it appeared. 

Between 1905 and 1920, Austrian and German artists, in particular, were inspired by Postimpressionists such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh in their efforts to strive for a new authenticity in their work. In its geometric patterns and decorative details, Expressionist art was also marked by eclectic sources like German and Russian folk art as well as tribal art from Africa and Oceania, which the movement’s practitioners witnessed at museums and world’s fairs.

Groups of artists came together to share and promote the themes now associated with Expressionism, such as Die Brücke (The Bridge) in Dresden, which included Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and investigated alienation and the dissolution of society in vivid color. In Munich, Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a group led by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, instilled Expressionism with a search for spiritual truths. In his iconic painting The Scream, prolific Norwegian painter Edvard Munch conveyed emotional turmoil through his depiction of environmental elements, such as the threatening sky.

Expressionism shifted around the outbreak of World War I, with artists using more elements of the grotesque in reaction to the escalation of unrest and violence. Printmaking was especially popular, as it allowed artists to widely disseminate works that grappled with social and political issues amid this time of upheaval. Although the art movement ended with the rise of Nazi Germany, where Expressionist creators were labeled “degenerate,” the radical ideas of these artists would influence Neo-Expressionism that emerged in the late 1970s with painters like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente.

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Style: Expressionist
Frosch Serenade - Drawing by L. von Hoffmann - Early 20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Frosch Serenade is an original drawing in watercolour and pencil on paper, realized by Ludwig Von Hofmann . Framed. In very good conditions. The artwork represents a nude woman-bu...
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1910s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Pencil

MARYAN - ORIGINAL DRAWING - PORTRAIT
Located in Tel Aviv - Jaffa, IL
Ink on paper Hand signed and dated lower right Unique piece
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1970s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink

Attention, please!
Located in London, GB
Signed and dated lower right Framed (matte black wooden frame, black raised float mount on foam core, UV anti-reflective glass) Frame size 37.3 x 28.7 x 4 cm This work includes a certificate of authenticity Felix Dolah...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Charcoal

Expressionist Cafe Scene, Bagnoles, Au Casino, Circle of Fikret Saygi Moualla
Located in Cotignac, FR
Mid 20th Century French Expressionist gouache and watercolour on paper of a café scene. The painting is signed bottom right but as yet undeciphered. The work is titled to the back of...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor, Gouache

"Free spirits" Drawing, pastel, ink and colored pencils by L-Xiua
Located in Bogotá, Bogotá
Pastel, Pencil, petal flowers, Color and Ink on Paper. The base of this drawing is Fabriano paper of 120g /m2. I use natural dyes of flowers, herbs, leaves, bark of trees as the fir...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Pencil, Color Pencil, Pastel

Female Nude Watercolor, Signed and Dated
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Female Nude Watercolor on delicate paper, by Jean Negulesco, Signed and Dated 1931 Size 5 W x 9.5 H : Condition: Good Provenance: From the estate of Jean Negulesco. Hollywood di...
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1930s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

German Expressionist drawing of abstracted figures by Carl Hofer
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Carl Hofer (German, 1875 – 1955) Abstract figures Pencil on paper 8.1/4 x 9 in. (21 x 23 cm.) With studio stamp (on the reverse) and signature of the artist’s wife Elizabeth Hofer Provenance: These works come from the artist’s second wife Elizabeth and from then by descent. Carl Hofer was a German expressionist painter and the director of the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts. One of the most important painters of the Expressionist movement, his work was among those that was considered degenerate art by the Nazis. He studied in Karlsruhe under Hans Thoma. He first visited Paris in 1899 making acquaintance with Julius Meier-Graefe. In 1902 he studied in Stuttgardt and became friends with the sculptor Hermann Haller...
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20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

The Thief. Original Drawing.Welsh Artist. Magpie.Late 20th Century.Black & White
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
Julian Ruddock. British ( b.1965 ). The Thief. Pastel on Paper. Signed. Image size 29.1 inches x 21.3 inches ( 74cm x 54cm ). Frame size 38.4 inches x 29.9 inches ( 97.5cm x 76cm )....
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pastel

Large Israeli Watercolor Gouache Painting Jerusalem Landscape Moshe Gat
Located in Surfside, FL
A signed watercolor gouache painting in frame. Framed: 26.5 X 32.5 Image: 19 X 25 Moshe Gat was born in Haifa in 1935. in 1952 he began his studies at the Bezalel School, in Jeru...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Gouache

Almond blossom
Located in VÉNISSIEUX, FR
This artwork belongs to my "Floral" series and was inspired by the art of Van Gogh. My floral artwork radiates striking color, spontaneity, liveliness, freedom and most importantly, ...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Archival Paper, Acrylic

To School in Llanfihangel. First Day at School, Rural Wales. Ceredigion & Powys.
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
Julian Ruddock. British ( b.1965 ). To School in Llanfihangel. (First Day at School). Pastel on Paper. Signed. Image size 21.7 inches x 29.6 inches ( 55cm x 75cm ). Frame size 29 in...
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pastel

Ben ZIon Expressionist Judaica Rabbi Watercolor Painting Jewish Modernist WPA
Located in Surfside, FL
Frame measures 13.5 X 11.5 Paper measures 6.5 X 4 inches Hand signed lower right Watercolor painting of prophet or Rabbi, Judaica artwork Born in 1897, Ben-Zion Weinman celebrated h...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Ben ZIon Expressionist Judaica Rabbi Watercolor Painting Jewish Modernist WPA
Located in Surfside, FL
Frame measures 13.5 X 11.5 Paper measures 6.5 X 5 inches Hand signed lower right Watercolor painting of prophet or Rabbi, Judaica artwork Born in 1897, Ben-Zion Weinman celebrated h...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Track Star - Figurative Portrait of an African American Man in Pastel on Paper
Located in Soquel, CA
Track Star - Abstracted Portrait of an African American Man in Pastel on Paper Bold and imaginative pastel drawing of a man in a track suit by an unknown artist (20th Century). An A...
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Oil Pastel

Nude Woman in Bath
Located in Boxholm, SE
Nude Woman in Bath – Jolanta Johnsson, experienced Polish artist, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, PhD of fine arts, university teacher. S...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Acrylic, Watercolor

Lost Hedgerows. Earth Science, Ecology and Agronomy. Original Pastel. Welsh.
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
Julian Ruddock. British ( b.1965 ). Lost Hedgerows. Pastel on Paper. Signed. Image size 21.9 inches x 25 inches ( 55.5cm x 63.5cm ). Frame size 29 inches x 32.1 inches ( 73.5cm x 81...
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pastel

Rustende wieders
Located in BLARICUM, NL
QUIRIJN VAN TIEL Rotterdam 1900-1967 Rhoon RESTING WIEDERS 1945 Watercolor on paper 58 x 39 cm. Signed and dated: lower right "Quirijn van Tiel 45"....
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1940s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Kaum Koch
Located in London, GB
Signed and dated lower left Framed (matte black wooden frame, black raised float mount on foam core, art glass) Frame size 50.4 x 38 x 3 cm Felix Dolah (b.1988) is a self-taught ar...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Charcoal

Man geht und geht, bis man geht
Located in London, GB
Signed and lower right Framed (matte black wooden frame, black raised float mount on foam core) Frame size 38.6 x 30 cm Felix Dolah (b.1988) is a self-taught artist who lives and w...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Charcoal

Valerio Adami Original Ink On Paper Hand Signed Unique Piece
Located in Tel Aviv - Jaffa, IL
Original Ink on paper Unique piece Hand signed
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Early 2000s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink

"Whew!" oil pastel signed landscape motorcycle fun adventure lake mountains bold
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Whew!" is an original oil pastel drawing on a grocery bag by Reginald K. Gee. The artist signed the piece in the lower left. It depicts a man on a motorcycle doing a wheelie on a be...
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Early 2000s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Oil Pastel, Found Objects

Original German Expressionist Drawing Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Women Dancing
Located in Surfside, FL
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner ( Germany 1880-1938 ) Expressionist Female Women Dancing Mixed Media on Paper Drawing or Painting Expressionism Dimensions: 20" L 16" H in This bore a sticker from Christies auction house and another collection sticker verso but they have been inadvertently removed. I do have the photo. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 – 1938) was a German expressionist painter and printmaker and one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or "The Bridge", a key group leading to the foundation of Expressionism in 20th-century art. He volunteered for army service in the First World War, but soon suffered a breakdown and was discharged. His work was branded as "Entartete Kunst" or "degenerate" by the Nazis in 1933, and in 1937 more than 600 of his works were sold or destroyed. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was born in Aschaffenburg, Bavaria. His parents were of Prussian descent and his mother was a descendant of the Huguenots, a fact to which Kirchner often referred. As Kirchner's father searched for a job, the family moved frequently and Kirchner attended schools in Frankfurt and Perlen until his father earned the position of Professor of Paper Sciences at the College of technology in Chemnitz, where Kirchner attended secondary school. Although Kirchner's parents encouraged his artistic career they also wanted him to complete his formal education so in 1901, he began studying architecture at the Königliche Technische Hochschule (royal technical university) of Dresden. The institution provided a wide range of studies in addition to architecture, such as freehand drawing, perspective drawing and the historical study of art. While in attendance, he became close friends with Fritz Bleyl, whom Kirchner met during the first term. They discussed art together and also studied nature, having a radical outlook in common. Kirchner continued studies in Munich from 1903 to 1904, returning to Dresden in 1905 to complete his degree. In 1905, Kirchner, along with Bleyl and two other architecture students, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Erich Heckel, founded the artists group Die Brücke ("The Bridge") later to include Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Otto Mueller. From then on, he committed himself to art. The group aimed to eschew the prevalent traditional academic style and find a new mode of artistic expression, which would form a bridge (hence the name) between the past and the present. They responded both to past artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Matthias Grünewald and Lucas Cranach the Elder, as well as contemporary international avant-garde movements. As part of the affirmation of their national heritage, they revived older media, particularly woodcut or woodblock prints. Kirchner's studio became a venue which overthrew social conventions to allow casual love-making and frequent nudity. Group life-drawing sessions took place using nude models from the social circle, rather than professionals, and choosing quarter-hour poses to encourage spontaneity. In 1911, he moved to Berlin, where he founded a private art school, MIUM-Institut, in collaboration with Max Pechstein with the aim of promulgating "Moderner Unterricht im Malen" (modern teaching of painting). This was not a success and closed the following year, when he also began a relationship with Erna Schilling that lasted the rest of his life. In 1917, at the suggestion of Eberhard Grisebach [de], Helene Spengler invited Kirchner to Davos where he viewed an exhibition of Ferdinand Hodler paintings. "When I was leaving, I thought of Vincent Van Gogh's fate and thought that it would be his as well, sooner or later. Only later will people understand and see how much he has contributed to painting". In 1921 Kirchner visited Zurich at the beginning of May and met the dancer, Nina Hard, whom he invited back to Frauenkirch (despite Erna's objections). Nina Hard would become an important model for Kirchner and would be featured in many of his works. Kirchner began creating designs for carpets which were then woven by Lise Gujer. In 1925, Kirchner became close friends with fellow artist, Albert Müller...
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Early 20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Paper

Expressionist Figurative water color painting- Series Bath NO.1
Located in Beijing, CN
Artist Biography Zhang Chunyang was born in 1975 in Changchun, Jilin. She earned her B.F.A at Jilin University of Arts in 1999, and studied at Central Acadamy of Fine Arts, Beijing ...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Watercolor, Handmade Paper

Street Life New York - Haunting Faces Windows Expressionism Mid-Century
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-century artist Lawrence Kupferman paints a madly eerie New York street scene. An exaggerated upward view of two 19th-century walk-ups is split by a forced perspective of a downwa...
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1940s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Paper, Watercolor, Pen

Post Soviet Avant Garde Russian Woodcut Print With Hand Watercolor Painting
Located in Surfside, FL
This depicts a wedding scene in a style of German Expressionism. hand signed and hand painted in watercolor. Ilya Shenker, Russian/American (1922 - ) As a soldier in World War II, he survived where millions perished. Upon returning to his home town of Odessa, felt abandoned and alone. He studied Art and Architecture in Odessa, but, one of a number of Russian Jewish artists allowed to emigrate, he left for America when the opportunity arose. He settled in New York City, a choice that has forever impacted his oeuvre. Many of his pictures depict New York cityscapes and lifestyle; however, they remain typically Russian. His subject matter often comes from memory and includes the life that he left behind, family, and friends. Drawing upon his Jewish heritage for inspiration, Shenker also paints historical events, such as "On the Eve of the Assault" in which he portrayed the last night before the destruction of Jerusalem. He has also illustrated a number of classics of Russian literature including Alexander Pushkin. His use of imagination also applies to the figures in his expressionist paintings—fictional characters such as the Spanish literary character Don Quixote make appearances in his work. He has also placed figures such as Rembrandt and Picasso in modern settings: in "Rembrandt Visiting our Family," Shenker sits his most favored artist at his family table, in a tribute to someone he describes as a "peoples artist." He is one in a long line of great Soviet Russian Judaica Jewish artists beginning with Yehuda Pen, who founded Russia's first art school for Jews in Vitebsk in 1897 continuing with his students, including Marc Chagall and El Lissitzky, Natan Altman, Leon Bakst and Robert Falk...
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1960s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Woodcut

Post Soviet Avant Garde Russian Woodcut Print With Hand Watercolor Painting
Located in Surfside, FL
This depicts a feast style celebration scene in a style of German Expressionism. hand signed and hand painted in watercolor. Ilya Shenker, Russian/American (1922 - ) As a soldier in World War II, he survived where millions perished. Upon returning to his home town of Odessa, felt abandoned and alone. He studied Art and Architecture in Odessa, but, one of a number of Russian Jewish artists allowed to emigrate, he left for America when the opportunity arose. He settled in New York City, a choice that has forever impacted his oeuvre. Many of his pictures depict New York cityscapes and lifestyle; however, they remain typically Russian. His subject matter often comes from memory and includes the life that he left behind, family, and friends. Drawing upon his Jewish heritage for inspiration, Shenker also paints historical events, such as "On the Eve of the Assault" in which he portrayed the last night before the destruction of Jerusalem. He has also illustrated a number of classics of Russian literature including Alexander Pushkin. His use of imagination also applies to the figures in his expressionist paintings—fictional characters such as the Spanish literary character Don Quixote make appearances in his work. He has also placed figures such as Rembrandt and Picasso in modern settings: in "Rembrandt Visiting our Family," Shenker sits his most favored artist at his family table, in a tribute to someone he describes as a "peoples artist." He is one in a long line of great Soviet Russian Judaica Jewish artists beginning with Yehuda Pen, who founded Russia's first art school for Jews in Vitebsk in 1897 continuing with his students, including Marc Chagall and El Lissitzky, Natan Altman, Leon Bakst and Robert Falk...
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1960s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Woodcut

Post Soviet Avant Garde Russian Woodcut Print With Hand Watercolor Painting
Located in Surfside, FL
This depicts a wedding scene in a style of German Expressionism. hand signed and hand painted in watercolor. Ilya Shenker, Russian/American (1922 - ) As a soldier in World War II, he survived where millions perished. Upon returning to his home town of Odessa, felt abandoned and alone. He studied Art and Architecture in Odessa, but, one of a number of Russian Jewish artists allowed to emigrate, he left for America when the opportunity arose. He settled in New York City, a choice that has forever impacted his oeuvre. Many of his pictures depict New York cityscapes and lifestyle; however, they remain typically Russian. His subject matter often comes from memory and includes the life that he left behind, family, and friends. Drawing upon his Jewish heritage for inspiration, Shenker also paints historical events, such as "On the Eve of the Assault" in which he portrayed the last night before the destruction of Jerusalem. He has also illustrated a number of classics of Russian literature including Alexander Pushkin. His use of imagination also applies to the figures in his expressionist paintings—fictional characters such as the Spanish literary character Don Quixote make appearances in his work. He has also placed figures such as Rembrandt and Picasso in modern settings: in "Rembrandt Visiting our Family," Shenker sits his most favored artist at his family table, in a tribute to someone he describes as a "peoples artist." He is one in a long line of great Soviet Russian Judaica Jewish artists beginning with Yehuda Pen, who founded Russia's first art school for Jews in Vitebsk in 1897 continuing with his students, including Marc Chagall and El Lissitzky, Natan Altman, Leon Bakst and Robert Falk...
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1960s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Woodcut

Post Soviet Avant Garde Russian Woodcut Print With Hand Watercolor Painting
Located in Surfside, FL
This depicts a wedding scene in a style of German Expressionism. hand signed and hand painted in watercolor. Ilya Shenker, Russian/American (1922 - ) As a soldier in World War II, he survived where millions perished. Upon returning to his home town of Odessa, felt abandoned and alone. He studied Art and Architecture in Odessa, but, one of a number of Russian Jewish artists allowed to emigrate, he left for America when the opportunity arose. He settled in New York City, a choice that has forever impacted his oeuvre. Many of his pictures depict New York cityscapes and lifestyle; however, they remain typically Russian. His subject matter often comes from memory and includes the life that he left behind, family, and friends. Drawing upon his Jewish heritage for inspiration, Shenker also paints historical events, such as "On the Eve of the Assault" in which he portrayed the last night before the destruction of Jerusalem. He has also illustrated a number of classics of Russian literature including Alexander Pushkin. His use of imagination also applies to the figures in his expressionist paintings—fictional characters such as the Spanish literary character Don Quixote make appearances in his work. He has also placed figures such as Rembrandt and Picasso in modern settings: in "Rembrandt Visiting our Family," Shenker sits his most favored artist at his family table, in a tribute to someone he describes as a "peoples artist." He is one in a long line of great Soviet Russian Judaica Jewish artists beginning with Yehuda Pen, who founded Russia's first art school for Jews in Vitebsk in 1897 continuing with his students, including Marc Chagall and El Lissitzky, Natan Altman, Leon Bakst and Robert Falk...
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1960s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Woodcut

Body in the Field #3 - Red, Pencils, Landscape
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Body in the Field #3, 2022 coloured pencils on canvas 25 H x 16 W cm Signed on reverse Zsolt Berszán embodies in his works the dissolution of the human body through the prism of t...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Canvas, Color Pencil

Body in the Field #8 - Green, Landscape, Drawing, Pencils
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Body in the Field #8, 2022 coloured pencils on canvas 25 H x 16 W cm Signed on reverse Zsolt Berszán embodies in his works the dissolution of the human body through the prism of t...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Canvas, Color Pencil

Body in the Field #2 - Red, Blue, Drawing, Coloured Pencils, Landscape
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Body in the Field #2, 2022 coloured pencils on canvas 25 H x 16 W cm Signed on reverse Zsolt Berszán embodies in his works the dissolution of the human body through the prism of t...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Canvas, Color Pencil

Chorizo
Located in Toronto, ON
12" x 9" Unframed Original Sketch Hand Signed by Todd White Todd white captures restaurant, night and Hollywood scenes with contrasting colors serving the viewer’s eyes as those in ...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Carbon Pencil

Large Watercolor Painting Israeli Modernist Judaica Rabbi with Children, Bezalel
Located in Surfside, FL
A large watercolor painting. Moshe Gat was born in Haifa in 1935. in 1952 he began his studies at the Bezalel School, in Jerusalem. In 1955 he returned to Haifa, where he taught dra...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Abstract Expressionist Portrait of a Man in a Suit in Pastel on Paper Bay Area
Located in Soquel, CA
Expressionist Portrait of a Man in a Suit in Pastel on Paper Moody portrait of a man with dark hair by an unknown artist (20th Century). The man is shown with an elongated face and ...
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Oil Pastel

Une Danse, Original Work on Paper, Ink, Acrylic
Located in AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FR
Acrylic, Ink, Pastel and collage on paper - Original Work on Paper. The work is in very good condition and is signed lower Right "Patricia R.". Unfortunately we have no further info...
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1990s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel, Archival Ink, Acrylic

Old Jewish Shtetl Rabbi Charcoal Judaica Drawing World War II Era
Located in Surfside, FL
Maurycy Trębacz (1861 – 1941) was one of the most popular Jewish painters in Poland in the late 19th and early 20th century. Many of his paintings were lost in the Holocaust, but a representative selection of his artwork survived.Trębacz died of starvation in the Litzmannstadt Ghetto during the Nazi German occupation of Poland. Maurycy Trębacz, along with Samuel Hirszenberg, Jakub Weinles, and Leopold Pilichowski, belonged to the first generation of Jewish artists in Poland who broke away from the religious prohibition on portraying a human figure (see below). The studies show his mastery of painting, his own unique style and great imagination. Trębacz was noted within the European art-world as a master portrait and landscape painter,[1] but above all he was also a rare chronicler of the contemporary Jewish life, depicting a world that is now lost. His popular subjects included praying Rabbis, old men, street and Jewish domestic scenes, and genre painting depicting the everyday side of life. His psychological portraits of Jews earned him the greatest popularity and critical acclaim, and influenced the work of other Jewish painters in Poland. Notably, Trębacz's oil painting "The Good Samaritan", reportedly stolen in 1904 at the World's Fair, was recently sold at auction at Sotheby's. Born in 1861 in Warsaw, the son of David Trębacz, a house painter, Maurycy (Mojżesz) at the age of 16 years was admitted to the school of drawing by professor Wojciech Gerson and Aleksander Kamiński. Three years later, with the support of Leopold Horowitz, he received a scholarship sponsored by lawyer Stanisław Rotwand, and moved to Kraków where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in the studios of Jan Matejko, Leopold Loeffler and Władysław Łuszczkiewicz. From 1882, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with Sandor Wagner (until 1884) and received the grand silver medal there at the completion of his studies for the work "Martyrdom". Between 1889 and 1890, he studied in Paris at the Académie Colarossi. He lived and worked in Munich for 4 years before returning to Warsaw. Over time, Trębacz worked in Lviv and Drohobych, and eventually moved permanently to Łódź, where he founded and ran a private art school until September 1939. He is often criticized for giving in to popular demand later on in his career. Pressured by financial sponsors, he began to produce sentimental theme portraits pertaining to the bucolic life of country folk. Trębacz made his successful artistic début twice, first at the Munich Kunstverein, and then at the Krywult Salon in Warsaw as a 23-year-old painter. His another big success was the participation of painting "Good Samaritan" (1886, pictured) in a Kunstverein exhibition in Munich as well as at the I National Art Exhibition in Kraków and in Warsaw at the Zachęta Society for the Promotion of Fine Arts. The painting was also awarded a gold medal at the Universal World Exposition in Chicago. Subsequently, Trębacz also received a bronze medal at the Paris Universal World Exposition of 1889. "Good Samaritan" (1886), book engraving from painting by Maurycy Trębacz, Warsaw Maurycy Trębacz died of hunger in the Łódź Ghetto...
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1930s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal, Graphite

Body in the Field #1 - Red, Landscape, Coloured pencil, Drawing
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Body in the Field #1, 2022 coloured pencils on canvas 25 H x 16 W cm Signed on reverse Zsolt Berszán embodies in his works the dissolution of the human body through the prism of t...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Canvas, Color Pencil

Body in the Field #9 - Landscape, Orange, Red, Coloured pencil
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Body in the Field #9, 2022 coloured pencils on canvas 25 H x 16 W cm Signed on reverse Zsolt Berszán embodies in his works the dissolution of the human body through the prism of t...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Canvas, Color Pencil

Three Rabbis at The Torah, Expressionist Judaica Painting
Located in Surfside, FL
In this painting the artist uses gestural brushstrokes, which causes distortion and exaggeration for emotional effect. Andre Elbaz uses as his subject three male figures with tefilin are depicted during prayer. André Elbaz (born April 26, 1934, El Jadida, Morocco) is a famous Moroccan painter and filmmaker. Elbaz studied art and theatre in Rabat and Paris from 1950 to 1961. He started painting only at the age of 21, until which age he had been interested mainly in theatre. A few years later, he managed to combine his two passions into a new approach in art-therapy, inventing together with his wife, a psychiatrist, the Pictodrame, which brought him world recognition. His first exhibition, which was very successful, took place in Casablanca in 1961 and earned him an appointment as Professor at the Beaux-Arts school in Casablanca. Years later, in 1976, he exhibited his paintings at the Tel-Aviv Museum. In parallel to his career as a painter, Elbaz is also known as a filmmaker. He produced several short films in France, Canada and the United States. One of them, La nuit n'est jamais complète (The night is never complete), won a prize at the "5th Biennale de Paris in 1967". Among the themes chosen for the many films he produced, there was a short one about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, as well as a series of drawings entitled Seuls (Alone), with texts written by both Elie Wiesel...
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20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

The Storm
Located in Atlanta, GA
This sepia ink drawing is in excellent condition and has only been shown in a gallery setting. Gail Foster is an Atlanta-based artist whose work is often exhibited in the Atlanta are...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Archival Paper, Ink

Passage Ways
Located in Atlanta, GA
This sepia ink drawing is in excellent condition and has only been shown in a gallery setting. Gail Foster is an Atlanta-based artist whose work is often exhibited in the Atlanta are...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Archival Paper

Sky Vision
Located in Atlanta, GA
This sepia ink drawing is in excellent condition and has only been shown in a gallery setting. Gail Foster is an Atlanta-based artist whose work is often exhibited in the Atlanta are...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Archival Paper

Aquatint Etching with Hand Watercolor Painting Jules Pascin Signed
Located in Surfside, FL
Genre: German Expressionist Subject: Three Noble figures, Noblesse Medium: etching, watercolor paint (I have seen this described as an aquatint and have seen this without color, so i am assuming it is watercolor paint applied to it) Surface: Paper Circa 1920's This is hand signed lower right. the edition is 7/100 Mat measures 15 X 11. window opening about 7 x 7 Julius Mordecai Pincas (March 31, 1885 – June 5, 1930), known as Pascin Jules Pascin, or the "Prince of Montparnasse", was a Bulgarian artist known for his paintings and drawings. He later became an American citizen. His most frequent subject was women, depicted in casual poses, usually nude or partly dressed. Pascin was educated in Vienna and Munich. He traveled for a time in the United States, spending most of his time in the South. He is best known as a Parisian painter, who associated with the artistic circles of Montparnasse, and was one of the emigres of the School of Paris. Having struggled with depression and alcoholism, he committed suicide at the age of 45. Julius Mordecai Pincas was born in Vidin, Bulgaria, the eighth of eleven children, to the Sephardic Jewish family of a grain merchant named Marcus Pincas. Originally from Ruse, the Pincas family was one of the wealthiest in Vidin; they bought and exported corn, rice, maize and sunflower. His mother, Sofie (Sophie) Pincas, belonged to a Sephardic family, Russo, which had moved from Trieste to Zemun, where she and her husband lived before moving to Vidin and where their older children were born. The family spoke Ladino Judaeo-Spanish at home. In 1892, he moved with his parents to Bucharest, where his father opened a grain company, "Marcus Pincas & Co". Pascin worked briefly for his father’s firm at the age of fifteen, but also frequented a local brothel where he made his earliest drawings. His first artistic training was in Vienna in 1902 at age seventeen. In 1903 he relocated to Munich, where he studied at Moritz Heymann's academy. He studied briefly in Berlin where he befriended the Dada artist George Grosz. In 1905 he began contributing drawings to Simplicissimus, a satirical magazine published in Munich. Some portraits recall Otto Dix and Balthus. Because his father objected to the family name being associated with these drawings, the 20-year-old artist adopted the pseudonym Pascin (an anagram of Pincas). He continued to contribute drawings to a Munich daily until 1929. In December 1905, Pascin moved to Paris becoming part of the great migration of Jewish and Eastern European artists to that city (Marc Chagall. Chaim Soutine and Modigliani amongst others) at the start of the 20th century. In 1907 he met Hermine Lionette Cartan David, also a painter, and they became lovers. In that same year he had his first solo exhibition at Paul Cassirer Gallery in Berlin. Despite his social life, Pascin created thousands of watercolors and sketches, plus drawings and caricatures that he sold to various newspapers and magazines. He exhibited his works in commercial galleries and in the Salon d’Automne, the Salon des Indépendants, and the exhibitions of the Berlin Secession and at the Sonderbund-Aussstellung in Cologne. Between 1905 and 1914 he exhibited drawings, watercolors, and prints, but rarely paintings. It was not until about 1907–1909 that he produced his first paintings, which were portraits and nudes in a style influenced by Fauvism and Cézanne. He wanted to become a serious painter, but in time he became deeply depressed over his inability to achieve critical success with his efforts. Dissatisfied with his slow progress in the new medium, he studied the art of drawing at the Académie Colarossi, and painted copies after the masters in the Louvre. He exhibited in the United States for the first time in 1913, when twelve of his works were shown at the Armory Show in New York. Pascin relocated to London at the outbreak of World War I to avoid service in the Bulgarian army and left for the United States on October 3, 1914. A few weeks later on October 31, Hermine David sailed for the United States to join him. Pascin and David lived in the United States from 1914 to 1920, sitting out World War I. They visited New York City, where David had an exhibit. Pascin frequented nightclubs, and met artists such as Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Guy Pene du Bois, but most of his time in America was spent traveling throughout the South. He also visited Cuba. He made many drawings of street life in Charleston, New Orleans, and other places he visited. Some of his works of 1915 and 1916 are in a Cubist style, which he soon abandoned. In 1918 Pascin married Hermine David at City Hall in New York City. Their witnesses were Max Weber and Maurice Sterne, friends and painters who both lived in New York. In September 1920, Pascin became a naturalized United States citizen, with support from Alfred Stieglitz and Maurice Sterne, but returned to Paris soon afterward. There he began a relationship with Lucy Vidil Krohg, who had been his lover ten years earlier but had married the Norwegian painter Per Krohg...
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Early 20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor, Etching

Body in the Field #12 - Landscape, 21st Century, Wax pencil
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Body in the Field #12, 2022 coloured pencils on canvas 25 H x 16 W cm Signed on reverse Zsolt Berszán embodies in his works the dissolution of the human body through the prism of ...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Canvas, Color Pencil

Jerusalem Old City Landscape, Expressionist Judaica Israeli Painting II
Located in Surfside, FL
In this painting the artist uses gestural brushstrokes, which causes distortion and exaggeration for emotional effect. Andre Elbaz uses as his subject figures walking in old city Jerusalem. André Elbaz (born April 26, 1934, El Jadida, Morocco) is a famous Moroccan painter and filmmaker. Elbaz studied art and theatre in Rabat and Paris from 1950 to 1961. He started painting only at the age of 21, until which age he had been interested mainly in theatre. A few years later, he managed to combine his two passions into a new approach in art-therapy, inventing together with his wife, a psychiatrist, the Pictodrame, which brought him world recognition. His first exhibition, which was very successful, took place in Casablanca in 1961 and earned him an appointment as Professor at the Beaux-Arts school in Casablanca. Years later, in 1976, he exhibited his paintings at the Tel-Aviv Museum. In parallel to his career as a painter, Elbaz is also known as a filmmaker. He produced several short films in France, Canada and the United States. One of them, La nuit n'est jamais complète (The night is never complete), won a prize at the "5th Biennale de Paris in 1967". Among the themes chosen for the many films he produced, there was a short one about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, as well as a series of drawings entitled Seuls (Alone), with texts written by both Elie Wiesel...
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20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Jerusalem Old City Landscape, Expressionist Judaica Israeli Painting
Located in Surfside, FL
In this painting the artist uses gestural brushstrokes, which causes distortion and exaggeration for emotional effect. Andre Elbaz uses as his subject figures walking in old city Jerusalem. André Elbaz (born April 26, 1934, El Jadida, Morocco) is a famous Moroccan painter and filmmaker. Elbaz studied art and theatre in Rabat and Paris from 1950 to 1961. He started painting only at the age of 21, until which age he had been interested mainly in theatre. A few years later, he managed to combine his two passions into a new approach in art-therapy, inventing together with his wife, a psychiatrist, the Pictodrame, which brought him world recognition. His first exhibition, which was very successful, took place in Casablanca in 1961 and earned him an appointment as Professor at the Beaux-Arts school in Casablanca. Years later, in 1976, he exhibited his paintings at the Tel-Aviv Museum. In parallel to his career as a painter, Elbaz is also known as a filmmaker. He produced several short films in France, Canada and the United States. One of them, La nuit n'est jamais complète (The night is never complete), won a prize at the "5th Biennale de Paris in 1967". Among the themes chosen for the many films he produced, there was a short one about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, as well as a series of drawings entitled Seuls (Alone), with texts written by both Elie Wiesel...
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20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

Body in the Field #6 - Green, Canvas, Landscape, 21st Century
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Body in the Field #6, 2022 coloured pencils on canvas 25 H x 16 W cm Signed on reverse Zsolt Berszán embodies in his works the dissolution of the human body through the prism of t...
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2010s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Canvas, Color Pencil

The Vision
Located in Chattahoochee Hills, GA
The Vision is part of a series of sepia ink work, & some of Gail Foster's most popular drawings. A rare and visceral artist, Gail Foster’s works are passio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Dance Of The Sun Ray
Located in Chattahoochee Hills, GA
Dance Of The Sun Ray is a more recent edition of sepia ink drawing from one Gail Foster's most popular series. A rare and visceral artist, Gail Foster’s works are passionately expre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Tree Dance
Located in Chattahoochee Hills, GA
Tree Dance is part of a series of sepia ink work, & some of Gail Foster's most popular drawings. A rare and visceral artist, Gail Foster’s works are passionately expressive renderin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Moments in Sepia V
Located in Chattahoochee Hills, GA
Moments in Sepia V is a 6" x 6" work from Gail Foster's most popular series of sepia ink drawings. A rare and visceral artist, Gail Foster’s works are passionately expressive render...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

The Embrace
Located in Chattahoochee Hills, GA
One of the very sought after sepia ink drawings from Gail's sepia era. A rare and visceral artist, Gail Foster’s works are passionately expressive rendering of complex ideas. Her l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Seven Geishas, Painting by Walasse Ting
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Walasse Ting, Chinese/American (1929 - 2010) Title: Seven Geishas with Flowers Year: circa 1980 Medium: Chinese Ink and Acrylic on Rice Paper, Stamped upper middle Paper Size...
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1980s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Acrylic, Rice Paper

A Polo Match, Framed Watercolor by John W. Dunn- 1932
Located in Pasadena, CA
This framed watercolor is signed lower right by the American artist J.W. Dunn. It depicts a thrilling equestrian polo match from the 1930s, featuring four riders in traditional pol...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Her Presence
Located in Chattahoochee Hills, GA
One of the very sought after sepia ink drawings from Gail's sepia era. A rare and visceral artist, Gail Foster’s works are passionately expressive rendering of complex ideas. Her la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Large Watercolor Painting Israeli Modernist Judaica Two Rabbis
Located in Surfside, FL
A large watercolor painting. Moshe Gat was born in Haifa in 1935. in 1952 he began his studies at the Bezalel School, in Jerusalem. In 1955...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Seated Woman
Located in New York, NY
Seated Woman by Jules Pascin (1885-1930) Pen and ink on paper 6 ½ x 6 inches unframed (16.51 x 15.24 cm) 14 x 13 inches framed (35.56 x 33.02 cm) Inscribed (Pascin Estate 81C) on bot...
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Early 20th Century Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink

"Modella" Matita cm. 50 x 70 1962
Located in Torino, IT
Disegno espressionista Figura femminile Artista Italiano che ha dedicato la vita all'arte Edgardo CORBELLI (Torino, 1918 – 1989) MUSEI Orléans, Francia, Musée Collégiale Saint Pierre le Puellier Salon de...
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1960s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Graphite

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