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Fine Art, Frederick Taubes, Female Figures, Vintage Prints, 20th Century


Frederick Taubes (1900-81) (artist and etcher)
Untitled (Seated Female Nude) – signed and numbered lower left “Imp. 40 Taubes”
Untitled (Woman in Headscarf) – signed and numbered lower right “100 Imp. Taubes”

American: c. Mid 20th C.
Etchings with aquatint
12 x 9 inches and 10.25 x 7.75 inches, image
14 x 11 inches overall
$150 each

These two limited edition prints by Taubes, each of a woman and similar in size and format, can be purchased singly or as a pair.

In one print, a partially draped nude is delineated by a fluid outline and subtly shaded in light tones. In the other, the style is more atmospheric, focusing on the face of a woman wearing a gossamer scarf. In both works the simplified forms, graceful depictions of femininity, and rendering of the eyes recall the style of Modigliani. The free manner, emphasizing curved lines, are typical of Taubes’ drawing style.

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Frederick Taubes was an artist, printmaker and writer on art. Born in Poland, his family fled to Austria at the beginning of World War I, where he studied art at the Imperial Museum and Academy of Art in Vienna. After the war, he continued his studies at the Academy of Munich, then switched to the experimental Bauhaus art school in Weimar in 1920, where he studied under the influential color theorist Johannes Itten, and absorbed the influences of the Modernist experiments in dada, cubism, and expressionism. He moved to New York City in 1930, where he had a successful career as a society portraitist, painting Baron von Romberg, Claire Booth Luce and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst among others. He employed a combination of traditional Flemish Renaissance painting methods and gestural brushstrokes, resulting in a strong sense of volume and form. He wrote a book on the Flemish techniques, The Mastery of Oil Painting, and was a frequent contributor to American Artist Magazine from 1943 to 1962. He also formulated a copal varnish painting medium for achieving traditional effects with modern tube oil paints that was successfully marketed by Permanent Pigments company. He also gave painting workshops and private lessons. Although he exhibited little after 1955, he continued to create art until his death in 1981. A member of the Royal Society of Arts, his work resides in numerous museum collections today, including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is also well known for his images of women, often draped, often shown with a dove-like bird.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and minor wear. Nude professionally backed on supporting Japanese paper. Veiled with almost imperceptible mat burn in margin.


Zellman, Michael David, dir. American Art Analog. Chelsea House: New York, 1986. Vol. 3, p. 936.

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20th Century