(American 1897-1965)brPortfolio of 23 works: Historical, Erotic and Grotesque brBromoil transfer prints.brOverall portfolio: 10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches.brEach is signed in pencil lower right: Wm. Mortensen and the majority are titled in pencil along the bottom. Artist sticker on the outside of the portfolio: Pictorial Photography William Mortensen.brProvenance: From the estate of photographer John Funaro (Italian / American 1905-1986) a Sacramento CA photographer.brLiterature: Most of the images in the collection can be found in the plates of American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen editied by Larry Lytle and Michael Moynihan.brCONDITION: In overall good condition, the black fabric portfolio is in good repair with no visible tearing or areas of loss. the prints are in overall good condition with all the sheets in tact with only a slight wave to the sheets at the bottom of the paper from being handled and stored away for 30 years. Johan The Mad does have water damage to the bottom of the sheet in the right corner and slightly into the image. brTitles within this portfolio include: Galileo, Ko-Ko, Study in Flying Drapery, The Spider Torture, No No Hana, Adolita, The Oarsman, The Market Girl, The Woman of Arles, Give us this Day, Por la Mauana, Preparation for the Sabbot, Bust, Waiting, Cafe Dancer- Istanbul, The New Race, Thunder, Wong, Obsession, Circe, Johan the Mad, Xmas 1914-France and The Rope Dancer.
Auction Date: September 7, 2019