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Howard Cook (1901–80)

Ranchos Valley – Winter, pastel and oil on board, 13 3⁄4 x 26 5/8 inches

December 6, 2020

Howard Cook devoted a decade of his life to the art of printmaking. He mastered each of the major mediums – etching, aquatint, woodcut, wood engraving, and lithography – and produced outstanding examples of each medium. In the 1940s Cook was well-known for his watercolors, particularly his scenes of the Taos Valley. In later years he also painted oils of Indian dancers, and landscapes that are filled with texture and abstract decoration, and are more involved with rhythm than pictorial accuracy. To create the effect of a dance, for example, he worked out a schematic design whose pulsating vitality relates to the movement of the dancers. This quality of energy in the work itself links Cook's paintings, murals, and prints throughout the subtle changes in his style. "I've always wanted the suggestion of movement in my work," he said.

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Howard Cook (1901–80) Ranchos Valley – Winter, pastel and oil on board, 13 3⁄4 x 26 5/8 inches. SOLD.

Howard Cook (1901–80) Ranchos Valley – Winter, pastel and oil on board, 13 3⁄4 x 26 5/8 inches. SOLD.

6. Howard Cook (1901–80) "Ranchos Valley – Winter," pastel and oil on board, 13 3⁄4 x 26 5/8 inches
Howard Cook (1901–80) Ranchos Valley – Winter, pastel and oil on board, 13 3⁄4 x 26 5/8 inches. SOLD.

Howard Cook (1901–80) Ranchos Valley – Winter, pastel and oil on board, 13 3⁄4 x 26 5/8 inches. SOLD.

6. Howard Cook (1901–80) "Ranchos Valley – Winter," pastel and oil on board, 13 3⁄4 x 26 5/8 inches

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Sangre De Cristo Mountains, New Mexico #2, fixed and varnished pastel on plywood, 13 3/8 x 36 1/4 inches, TOG6423

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Colorado River, d. 1927, ed. of 50 (40 printed), 14-1/16 x 8⅛ inches, TOG6605/OC11-232*CV

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Walpi, d. 1927, woodcut, 10½ x 12¼ inches, NP709-85

Walpi, d. 1927, woodcut, 10½ x 12¼ inches, NP709-85

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South of Sandia, c. 1935, pastel on paper, 20 x 29 inches, TOG2257

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The Popular Store, Ranchos, d. 1935, watercolor on paper, 10 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches, TOG4135.A

The Popular Store, Ranchos, d. 1935, watercolor on paper, 10 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches, TOG4135.A

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Floral, c. 1935, pastel on paper, 21 x 20 inches, TOG3954.A

Floral, c. 1935, pastel on paper, 21 x 20 inches, TOG3954.A

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Window Plants, wood engraving, 3 x 3 1/2 inches, TOG5877

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Tio Vivo, d. 1950, woodcut, 4¾ x 5⅜ inches, OC8-488

Tio Vivo, d. 1950, woodcut, 4¾ x 5⅜ inches, OC8-488

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Winter Farm, d. 1928, woodcut, 4 x 5½ inches, TOG2930

Winter Farm, d. 1928, woodcut, 4 x 5½ inches, TOG2930

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Self-Portrait, d. 1931, wood engraving, 4.50 h x 3.50 w inches (framed: 14.38 x 12.88), TOG6436

Self-Portrait, d. 1931, wood engraving, 4.50 h x 3.50 w inches (framed: 14.38 x 12.88), TOG6436

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Self-Portrait, Paris, d. 1929, lithograph, 9.50h x 11.25w in (framed: 20.38 x 21.75), TOG6437

Self-Portrait, Paris, d. 1929, lithograph, 9.50h x 11.25w in (framed: 20.38 x 21.75), TOG6437

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Rosanna, edition of 250, d.1939, etching, 12 x 9 inches, OC8

Rosanna, edition of 250, d.1939, etching, 12 x 9 inches, OC8

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Taos Indian, edition of 50, d. 1927, etching, 12 x 10 inches, NP116-1

Taos Indian, edition of 50, d. 1927, etching, 12 x 10 inches, NP116-1

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Talpa Furrows, d. 1927, etching on paper, 9 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches, OC192-1

Talpa Furrows, d. 1927, etching on paper, 9 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches, OC192-1

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Fiddler's Contest, d. 1937, lithograph, 14 x 17 3/8 inches, TOG5953

Fiddler's Contest, d. 1937, lithograph, 14 x 17 3/8 inches, TOG5953

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Sun and Desolation, d. 1926, edition of 50, woodcut, 9 x 14 inches, TOG5956

Sun and Desolation, d. 1926, edition of 50, woodcut, 9 x 14 inches, TOG5956

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Seabird, d. 1925, woodcut, 15 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches, TOG5955

Seabird, d. 1925, woodcut, 15 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches, TOG5955

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Boat Builders, d. 1926, woodcut, 17 3/8 x 9 inches, TOG5951

Boat Builders, d. 1926, woodcut, 17 3/8 x 9 inches, TOG5951

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Checkerboard Tailpiece, d. 1931, wood engraving, 6 1/4 x 4 inches, TOG5952

Checkerboard Tailpiece, d. 1931, wood engraving, 6 1/4 x 4 inches, TOG5952

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Merry-Go-Round, d. 1931, etching, 10 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches, OC8-488

Merry-Go-Round, d. 1931, etching, 10 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches, OC8-488

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Study for 'Little Ranchero,' d. 1930, graphite on paper, 18 3/4 x 13 inches, NP230-7

Study for 'Little Ranchero,' d. 1930, graphite on paper, 18 3/4 x 13 inches, NP230-7

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Sangre De Cristo Mountains, New Mexico #2, fixed and varnished pastel on plywood, 13 3/8 x 36 1/4 inches, TOG6423

Sangre De Cristo Mountains, New Mexico #2, fixed and varnished pastel on plywood, 13 3/8 x 36 1/4 inches, TOG6423

Picuris Mountain, Winter, pastel on paper, 11 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches, TOG5076/OC11-141*CV

Picuris Mountain, Winter, pastel on paper, 11 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches, TOG5076/OC11-141*CV

Colorado River, d. 1927, ed. of 50 (40 printed), 14-1/16 x 8⅛ inches, TOG6605/OC11-232*CV

Colorado River, d. 1927, ed. of 50 (40 printed), 14-1/16 x 8⅛ inches, TOG6605/OC11-232*CV

Walpi, d. 1927, woodcut, 10½ x 12¼ inches, NP709-85

Walpi, d. 1927, woodcut, 10½ x 12¼ inches, NP709-85

South of Sandia, c. 1935, pastel on paper, 20 x 29 inches, TOG2257

South of Sandia, c. 1935, pastel on paper, 20 x 29 inches, TOG2257

The Popular Store, Ranchos, d. 1935, watercolor on paper, 10 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches, TOG4135.A

The Popular Store, Ranchos, d. 1935, watercolor on paper, 10 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches, TOG4135.A

Floral, c. 1935, pastel on paper, 21 x 20 inches, TOG3954.A

Floral, c. 1935, pastel on paper, 21 x 20 inches, TOG3954.A

Window Plants, wood engraving, 3 x 3 1/2 inches, TOG5877

Window Plants, wood engraving, 3 x 3 1/2 inches, TOG5877

Tio Vivo, d. 1950, woodcut, 4¾ x 5⅜ inches, OC8-488

Tio Vivo, d. 1950, woodcut, 4¾ x 5⅜ inches, OC8-488

Winter Farm, d. 1928, woodcut, 4 x 5½ inches, TOG2930

Winter Farm, d. 1928, woodcut, 4 x 5½ inches, TOG2930

Self-Portrait, d. 1931, wood engraving, 4.50 h x 3.50 w inches (framed: 14.38 x 12.88), TOG6436

Self-Portrait, d. 1931, wood engraving, 4.50 h x 3.50 w inches (framed: 14.38 x 12.88), TOG6436

Self-Portrait, Paris, d. 1929, lithograph, 9.50h x 11.25w in (framed: 20.38 x 21.75), TOG6437

Self-Portrait, Paris, d. 1929, lithograph, 9.50h x 11.25w in (framed: 20.38 x 21.75), TOG6437

Rosanna, edition of 250, d.1939, etching, 12 x 9 inches, OC8

Rosanna, edition of 250, d.1939, etching, 12 x 9 inches, OC8

Taos Indian, edition of 50, d. 1927, etching, 12 x 10 inches, NP116-1

Taos Indian, edition of 50, d. 1927, etching, 12 x 10 inches, NP116-1

Talpa Furrows, d. 1927, etching on paper, 9 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches, OC192-1

Talpa Furrows, d. 1927, etching on paper, 9 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches, OC192-1

Fiddler's Contest, d. 1937, lithograph, 14 x 17 3/8 inches, TOG5953

Fiddler's Contest, d. 1937, lithograph, 14 x 17 3/8 inches, TOG5953

Sun and Desolation, d. 1926, edition of 50, woodcut, 9 x 14 inches, TOG5956

Sun and Desolation, d. 1926, edition of 50, woodcut, 9 x 14 inches, TOG5956

Seabird, d. 1925, woodcut, 15 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches, TOG5955

Seabird, d. 1925, woodcut, 15 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches, TOG5955

Boat Builders, d. 1926, woodcut, 17 3/8 x 9 inches, TOG5951

Boat Builders, d. 1926, woodcut, 17 3/8 x 9 inches, TOG5951

Checkerboard Tailpiece, d. 1931, wood engraving, 6 1/4 x 4 inches, TOG5952

Checkerboard Tailpiece, d. 1931, wood engraving, 6 1/4 x 4 inches, TOG5952

Merry-Go-Round, d. 1931, etching, 10 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches, OC8-488

Merry-Go-Round, d. 1931, etching, 10 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches, OC8-488

Study for 'Little Ranchero,' d. 1930, graphite on paper, 18 3/4 x 13 inches, NP230-7

Study for 'Little Ranchero,' d. 1930, graphite on paper, 18 3/4 x 13 inches, NP230-7