Russell T. Limbach (1904 - 1971)
Born in Massillon, Ohio, Russell T. Limbach was a painter and printmaker. He briefly attended the Cleveland School of Art, then left to become an apprentice in the sketch room of a small lithographic plant there, learning and refining his technique under the guidance of four experienced staff artists. He realized the artistic potential of printmaking at a local exhibit where he first saw Whistler etchings. He left for Europe in 1928 and studied for nearly a year under a fourth-generation lithographer in Paris. Returning to Cleveland in the depths of the depression, he traveled to New York City, where he found work as the Art Editor of The New Masses. Limbach subsequently was asked to organize the Graphics Division of the WPA Arts Project in New York. He was the recipient of numerous awards. His works are held in the collections numerous libraries and museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Museum of Art. He died at Sherman, Connecticut.
Lithograph, 1934; edition of 50. Image size 14½” x 9-7/8”; sheet size 16” x 11½”. Numbered 40/50 and signed by the artist in pencil in the lower margin. A beautiful impression in fine condition populated by all manner of wonderful characters, surely more interesting and entertaining than the passing parade. Museum-quality archival mat and mount.
Central Park, Winter
Lithograph in three colors, date unknown, edition not stated. Image size 17-7/8” x 12”; sheet size 21½” x 16”. Titled and signed by the artist in pencil in the lower margin. Apparent damage to image about 3½" from bottom edge and 1½" from right edge, otherwise good condition.
Lithograph in six colors, 1939. Produced for the Federal Arts Project, W.P.A, edition unknown. Image size 13-7/8" x 11"; sheet size 16" x 13½". Titled and signed by the artist in the lower margin. A fine impression; bottom of sheet is lightly foxed ad creased well away from the image area. Matted and framed using archival quality materials.
Original watercolor with crop lines in plencil dated July, 1939. Signed by the artist in pencil in the lower right corner. Tape remnants in all reverse corners, and in the obverse upper corners, otherwise very good overall condition.
Untitled Forest Scene
Original watercolor, ca. 1939. Signed lower right corner. Overall size 10-7/8" x 15¼". Very good condition.
Lithograph in two colors, 1948. Image size 12" x 8-3/4"; sheet size 16-3/4" x 13". Printed, titled, and signed by the artist in pencil lower margin. Very faint toning within former mat aperture. Tape remnant upper corners. Very good condition.
Lithograph, 1945, edition of 5. printed by the artist. Image size 10-1/8" x 13-7/8"' sheet size 11½" x 16". Titled, numbered 3/5, signed and dated in pencil by Limbach in lower margin. Very good.
Etching, not dated, edition not known. Image size 6-3/4" x 7" with full margins. A very good, well inked impression. Framed using archival materials.
Original watercolor, 1941. Overall size 19-5/8" x 15¼". Signed, titled, and dated by the artist in lower margin. Very good condition.
Untited Winter Mountain Scenery
Original undated ink and watercolor. Overall size 14" x 17". Fine condition.
Untitled Shore Scene
Unsigned, undated etching, edition not stated. Image size 11-7/8" x 8-3/4"; sheet size 15½" x 13". Ink smudges at edge of sheet, but the image and margins are in very good condition.
Untitled Shore Scene
Original ink and waterolor; overall size 14" x 10". Signed in pencil by the artist lower right corner of image. Very good condition; tape remnants upper corners of reverse..
Lithograph in three colors on Rives paper; date unknown, edition unknown. Image size 17¼” x 12¼”; sheet size 20-3/4” x 15½”. Titled and signed by the artist on the lower margin. Several minor creases in the margins not affecting the image; otherwise in very good condition.
Original undated crayon and watercolor. Image size 14" x 10"; sheet size 16¼" x 12½". Crop indications, title, and signature in pencil by the artist. Tack holes in all corners and tape remnants in upper obverse corners. Very good condition.
Original drawing, date unknown. Overall size 17" x 14". Titled and signed by the artist in lower left margin. Very good condition.
Untitled Mountainside Drawing
Original pen and ink, date unknown; Overall size 9" x 12". Drawn on dark yellow paper and signed by Limbach in pencil in the lower right-hand corner. A second, less fully realized drawing of mountainous terrain is on the reverse. Fine condition.