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Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

MODERN STYLE

The first decades of the 20th century were a period of artistic upheaval, with modern art movements including Cubism, Surrealism, Futurism and Dadaism questioning centuries of traditional views of what art should be. Using abstraction, experimental forms and interdisciplinary techniques, painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers and performance artists all pushed the boundaries of creative expression.

Major exhibitions, like the 1913 Armory Show in New York City — also known as the “International Exhibition of Modern Art,” in which works like the radically angular Nude Descending a Staircase by Marcel Duchamp caused a sensation — challenged the perspective of viewers and critics and heralded the arrival of modern art in the United States. But the movement’s revolutionary spirit took shape in the 19th century.

The Industrial Revolution, which ushered in new technology and cultural conditions across the world, transformed art from something mostly commissioned by the wealthy or the church to work that responded to personal experiences. The Impressionist style emerged in 1860s France with artists like Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Edgar Degas quickly painting works that captured moments of light and urban life. Around the same time in England, the Pre-Raphaelites, like Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, borrowed from late medieval and early Renaissance art to imbue their art with symbolism and modern ideas of beauty.

Emerging from this disruption of the artistic status quo, modern art went further in rejecting conventions and embracing innovation. The bold legacy of leading modern artists Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian and many others continues to inform visual culture today.

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Style: Modern
Wire Haired Girl and Cat
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Wire Haired Girl and Cat Pen and ink with watercolor, c. 1930 Signed with the Estate stamp "B" Provenance: Estate of the Artist By descent to his son Edward ...
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1930s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Lake - Drawing by Alexandre Berlant - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Lake is a watercolor drawing realized by Alexandre Berlant  in the Mid-20th Century. Watercolor on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Humanscape in color
Located in London, GB
Early modernist Abraham Walkowitz is best known for his watercolor scenes of simplified figures in contemporary settings like city streets and beaches. In 1906 he traveled to Paris t...
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Early 20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Color Pencil

Composition - Drawing by Henry Wormser - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Composition is a drawing realized by Henry Wormser in the Mid-20th Century. Watercolor. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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1950s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Boats - Drawing by J. Boudal - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Boats is a drawing realized by Jean Boudal in the Mid-20th Century. Tempera and watercolor on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expre...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Tempera

The Vortex - Drawing by Mino Maccari - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
The Vortex is a pencil and watercolor drawing realized by Mino Maccari  (1924-1989) in the Mid-20th Century. Hand-signed. Good conditions with slight foxing. Mino Maccari (Siena, ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Pencil

1950's French Modernist/ Cubist Painting signed - Tall French Buildings
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Tall French Landscape by Bernard Labbe (French mid 20th century) signed original watercolour/ gouache painting on paper , unframed size: 18.5 x 12.5 inches condition: very good and r...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Gouache, Watercolor

1950's Modernist Painting Bright Watercolour Chateau In Green and Blue Forest
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
French Landscape by Bernard Labbe (French mid 20th century) original watercolour on artist paper size: 13 x 16 inches condition: very good and ready to be enjoyed provenance: the art...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Nude Woman Profile Drawing by Radoczy
Located in Pasadena, CA
Reclining Female figure, original signed line drawing, in pencil and ink by Albert Radoczy. Albert Radoczy was a master at exploring the female form. Throughout his career, his draw...
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1950s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Pencil

Horse, Drawing, Ink on Paper, Black, Grey by Indian Artist Sunil Das "In Stock"
Located in Kolkata, West Bengal
Sunil Das - Horse - 8 x 5 inches (unframed size) Ink on Paper Inclusive of shipment in ready to hang form. Sunil Das was one of India's most important postmodernist painters and ros...
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2010s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Paper, Pen

Prof Sir Albert Richardson PRA Architect A Classical Building with Elegant Figs.
Located in London, GB
To see our other architectural drawings and Modern British Art, scroll down to "More from this Seller" and below it click on "See all from this Seller" - or send us a message if you ...
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1950s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

John Lear Male Nude American Modernist Watercolor Landscape Gay Male Nude
Located in New York, NY
John Brock Lear, Jr., an American Modernist artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His works are in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum, the D...
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Late 20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

Scene with Figures - Drawing by Niko Nardulli - 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Scene with figures is a modern artwork realized by Niko Nardulli in 1970s. Pencil drawing on paper. Includes frame Hand signed on the lower margin
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1970s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pencil

"East Providence" Oscar Bluemner, Drawing of East Providence, Architectural
Located in New York, NY
Oscar Bluemner East Providence, December 21st, 1926 Inscribed with location and dated, upper left "East Providence Dec 21-26" Black crayon on paper 5 x 7 7/8 inches Julius Oskar Bl...
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Early 20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Crayon

Abstract Composition
Located in London, GB
A great early American modernist work of art created in 1913, the year of the now famous New York Armory Show.
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Early 20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

A Sandstorm on the Little Colorado River, Arizona
Located in Storrs, CT
A Sandstorm on the Little Colorado River, Arizona. 1920. Watercolor on watercolor board. Study for Seeber 189. 10 3/8 x 14 1/4. Signed lower left; titled verso. An exquisitely subtl...
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Early 20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Rotten row
Located in London, GB
Ludovic-Rodo Pissarro (1878-1952). Rotten row. Watercolour on paper, undated [1915-18]. Signed lower right. Dimensions: 15.3 x 13.9cm; 6 x 5.5 in. Provenance: Stern Pissarro Gallery,...
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1910s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Black Panther Trials - Civil Rights Movement Police Violence African American
Located in Miami, FL
The Black Panther Trials - In this historically significant work, African American Artist Vicent D. Smith functions as an Art Journalist/ Court Reporter as much as a Artist. Here,...
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1970s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Pen, Pencil, Paper

Reader, oversize drawing of young woman reading, minimal color
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This work was intentionally torn and mended. It predates the artist's full immersion, years later into torn and re-pasted collages, using ripped previous drawings and paper-based ma...
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2010s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Mixed Media, Archival Paper, Watercolor, Graphite

After tea
Located in London, GB
Ludovic-Rodo Pissarro (1878-1952). After tea. Watercolour on paper, mounted, undated [1915-18]. Signed lower right. Dimensions: 12.1 x 14cm; 4.75 x 5.5 in. Unframed. Provenance: Ster...
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1910s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Woman - Drawing - Late-19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Woman is a drawing realized in the Late-19th Century. Red pencil on ivory-colored paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Late 19th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Color Pencil

Women - Drawing - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Women is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century. Ink and watercolor on Paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Ink

Sunny Landscape, Modern Graphite and Crayon by Wallace Putnam
Located in Long Island City, NY
Wallace Putnam, American (1899 - 1989) - Sunny Landscape, Year: circa 1960, Medium: Graphite and Crayon, signed in pencil, Size: 11.25 x 8.5 in. (28.58 x 21.59 cm), Description: Fr...
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1960s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Crayon, Graphite

Jane, pastel drawing of female figure, nude
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These recently discovered 1984 oversize pastels on archival papers were created with a live model, working quickly, in pastel. The series shows the l...
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2010s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Pastel, Mixed Media

Ahab, Modern Pastel by Wallace Putnam
Located in Long Island City, NY
Wallace Putnam, American (1899 - 1989) - Ahab, Year: circa 1960, Medium: Pastel on Paper, signed and titled in pencil, Size: 12.25 x 9.25 in. (31.12 x 23.5 cm), Description: From t...
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1960s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pastel

Figures - Drawing - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Figures is a drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century. Watercolor on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Landscape - Drawing - 1960
Located in Roma, IT
Landscape is a drawing realized in 1960. Carbon Pencil on paper. Hand-Signed. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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1960s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Carbon Pencil

Composition - Drawing by Ernest Fouard - 1940s
Located in Roma, IT
Composition is a drawing realized by Ernest Fouard in the 1940s. Black Marker on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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1940s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Permanent Marker

Vintage Modernist Abstract -- "Aquarelle #93"
By Yukako Okudaira
Located in Soquel, CA
Substantial modernist watercolor by California artist Yukako Okudaira (American, b. 1943). Signed lower right. Metal frame. Image size, 18"H x 20"W. (We inlcuded a reference image of the artist in the image section, we don't have the actual photograph) Yukako Okudaira was born in Tokyo and raised in Kugenuma Kaigan. She immigrated to California in 1962. She holds a Master’s degree in painting from California State University in San Jose. In 1985 she studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture under Elizabeth Murray, Richard Serra, John Chamberian, Mary Heilman...
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1980s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Watercolor

'Evening Walk, Ravello, Italy' signed original painting circa 2005.
Located in Frome, Somerset
Amalfi Coast, a painting of time and space in the magical hilltop town of Ravello. An evening light study recording the sense of place and experience in Gradwell's own idiosyncratic ...
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Early 2000s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Mixed Media

'Amalfi Coast, a View toward Ravello', signed original painting c2005.
Located in Frome, Somerset
Amalfi Coast , Italy. A view towards the ethereal coastal town of Ravello perched on it's elevated cliff top. . painting 38cm x48cm. Signed original work
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Early 2000s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Mixed Media

Man w Gun "Sleuth" Original Ink Drawing Theater Film Caricature Illustration Art
Located in Surfside, FL
Samuel Norkin (January 10, 1917 – July 30, 2011) was a Brooklyn, New York-born cartoonist who specialized in theater caricatures for more than even decades. His drawings of theater, ...
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20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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India Ink, Archival Paper

Modernist Ink and Wash Drawing, Painting Jankel Adler Woman Model Ecole De Paris
Located in Surfside, FL
Jankel Adler (Polish, 1895–1949) 'Seated Nude' Watercolor in sepia tones on paper, Hand signed Dimensions: Framed 26 x 20 inches, sheet 17.88 x 14.75 inches Provenance: Bears a la...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink

Forest - Drawing by Gabriele Galantara - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Forest is a modern artwork by Gabriele Galantara (1865-1937) in the early 20th century. The artwork has been realized in Ink, Charcoal and Watercolor on paper. Good conditions and ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Watercolor, Charcoal

Landscape - Drawing - 1964
Located in Roma, IT
Landscape is a drawing realized by an italian Artist in 1964. Tempera on paper. Hamd signed and dated on the lower margin Good conditions with slight foxing.
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1960s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Tempera

Femme assise sur un tapis
Located in London, GB
Femme assise sur un tapis. India ink on paper, around 1910-15. Initialled in pencil Iower right. Dimensions: 12 x 17.9 cm. Provenance: the studio of the artist; Sale Aponem -Successi...
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1910s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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India Ink

Head - Drawing by Massimo Campigli - mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Head is a modern artwork realized by Massimo Campigli in the mid-20th century. Pencil drawing on paper. Hand signed on the lower margin. Fair conditions Includes frame.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

Hall - Drawing by Alexandre Berlant - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Hall is a drawing realized by Alexandre Berlant in the Mid-20th Century. Tempera and Watercolor on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft ...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Northern Parula
Located in Columbia, MO
Hannah Reeves Northern Parula 2024 13 x 11 framed
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Chalk, Photographic Paper, Graphite

Portrait - Drawing by Jean Lasnier - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is a drawing realized by Jean Lasnier in the Mid-20th Century. Oil pastel and watercolor ink on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Watercolor

Eastern Bluebird
Located in Columbia, MO
Hannah Reeves Eastern Bluebird 2024 13 x 11 framed
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Acrylic, Photographic Paper, Graphite

LIttle Blue Heron
Located in Columbia, MO
Victorian-era popular culture was rife with elaborate symbolism, attempting to capture and express class distinctions, sentimentality, the expectation / acceptance of death, and a de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Chalk, Photographic Paper, Graphite

Nude - Drawing by Robert Fontene - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Nude is a drawing realized by Robert Fontene in the Mid-20th Century. Pencil on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

Woman - Drawing by Bruno Beran - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Woman is a drawing realized by Bruno Beran in the Mid-20th Century. Ink and watercolor on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressiv...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Watercolor

Verboten! - Drawing by Gabriele Galantara - Early 20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Man is a drawing realized by Gabriele Galantara in the early 20th Century. Ink and watercolor on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft ex...
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Early 20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Ink

Figures - Drawing by Fausto Pirandello - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Figures is a pencil drawing realized in the Mid-20th Century by Fausto Pirandello. Pencil on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expres...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

Woman - Drawing by Willem Van Hasselt - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Woman is a drawing realized by Willem Van Hasselt in the Mid-20th Century. Tempera and watercolor on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through def...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Tempera, Watercolor

Composition - Drawing - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Composition is a drawing realized by in the Mid-20th Century. Watercolor on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Landscape - Drawing by Jacques Faizant - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Landscape is a drawing realized by Jacques Faizant in the Mid-20th Century. Red pencil on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressiv...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

Woman - Drawing by Luis Emile Adan - 1910s
Located in Roma, IT
Woman is a drawing realized by Luis Emile Adan in 1910s-20s. Pencil on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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1910s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

Nude - Drawing by Robert Fontene - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Nude is a drawing realized by Robert Fontené in the Mid-20th Century. China ink on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

Statue - Drawing by Henri Felix Philippoteaux - Mid-19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Statue is a drawing realized by Henri Felix Philippoteaux in the Mid-19th Century. Tempera and watercolor on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized thr...
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Mid-19th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Tempera

Sketch - Drawing by Henri Pierre Jamet - Late-19th Century
By Henri Pierre Jamet
Located in Roma, IT
Pencil drawing by H. P. James, realized in the ed of 19th Century. Good condition.
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Late 19th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

Conversation - Drawing by David Sutter - Mid-19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Conversation is a drawing realized by David Sutter in the Mid-19th Century. China ink on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive...
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Mid-19th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink

Love - Drawing by Charles Lemoin - Mid-19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Love is a drawing realized by Charles Lemoin in the Mid-19th Century. Pencil on paper. Good conditions with slight foxing. The artwork is realized through deft expressive strokes.
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Mid-19th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

Figure - Drawing by Edouard de Beaumont - Late-19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Figure is a Pastel and pencil drawing realized by  Edouard de Beaumont  in Late-19th Century. The Artwork id represented through strong strokes. Good conditions with slight foxing.
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Late 19th Century Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil, Pastel

Italian town square
Located in London, GB
Adrian Daintrey (London 1902 – London 1988). Italian town square. Pen, ink and wash over pencil on paper, 1945. Signed and dated lower right. (Incorrectly) inscribed Foligno. Dimens...
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1940s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Pen

Gothic House with Poppies
Located in London, GB
Mary Newcomb (Harrow 1922 – Darsham 2008). Bagot Goat. Gothic House with Poppies. Pencil and watercolour on paper, no date. Signed ‘Mary Newcomb’ lower right. Dimensions: 20.5 x 25...
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1990s Modern Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Gouache, Pencil

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