is one of the strongest American Paintings auctions in several
years with two great and rare paintings by Winslow Homer and a
very fine one by George Bellows as well as two pretty good Thomas
Morans, a fine Albert Bierstadt and a major George Inness.
Lot 42, "Girl in the Hammock," by Homer (1836-1919),
is a lovely Impressionist scene of a young woman in a hammock.
An oil on canvas, it measures 13 1/2 by 20 inches and has a
estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000. It sold for $1,659,500
including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this
article except where noted otherwise. Homer's work is
undervalued as he is without question the greatest American artist
and this was his favorite model and he was an Impressionist on
his own before the French! This was executed in 1873 and comes
from the collection of Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum.
"Sounding Reveille," by Homer, is an important and good
Civil War painting. An oil on canvas, it measures 13 1/4 by 19
3/4 inches and has an estimate of only $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.
It was once in the collection of Mrs. Norman B. Woolworth. It
failed to sell and was passed at $850,000.
A good Homer
watercolor is Lot 23, "A Shady Spot, Houghton Farm."
This watercolor on paper mounted on board measures 7 by 8 1/2
inches and is dated 1878. An interesting diagonal composition
with a young girl standing next to a tree in the center, this
has a conservative estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It sold
A more classic
Homer watercolor is Lot 26, "Watching Ships, Gloucester,"
which measures 8 1/2 by 14 inches. Executed in 1875, it has an
ambitious estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It failed to
sell and was passed at $1,600,000.
Stanley Haseltine (1835-1900) is best known for his rocky seacoast
paintings and Lot 30, "Rocks at Narragansett, Rhode Island,"
an oil on canvas that measures 12 1/4 by 22 inches, is a classic
example. It was painted circa 1863. This lovely painting has an
ambitious estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for
"Gramercy Park," is a great painting by George Bellows
(1882-1925) that comes from the estate of Eleanor Searle Whitney
Mccollum.Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. It's a very good painting,
and would be perfect to buy along with two great Ash Can School
paintings in the Sotheby's sale this season from the Arthur Altschul
Collection, a John Sloan and an Everett Shinn. These AshCan pictures
are top museum quality. This Bellows is very painterly and has
a marvelous quality of light. It has an estimate of $2,000,000
to $3,000,000. It sold for $2,900,000 not including the
Lot 4, "Niagara
Falls," by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), is a jewel of a
small Bierstadt, oil on paper laid down on canvas, 14 by 19 inches,
that was once in the collection of James Ricau. It has a modest
estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. It sold for $141,500.
is a larger Bierstadt entitled "Golden Light of California."
Unlike his more spectacular works that encompass incredible vistas,
this is an interior forest scene. The oil on canvas measures 38
1/4 by 60 1/4 inches and has an ambitious estimate of $1,000,000
to $1,500,000. The painting shows a herd of deer in a field framed
by large trees against a glowing swath of yellow light. It
sold for $1,329,500.
Miller is the most romantic of the early painters of the American
West and Lots 165 and 166 are delightful watercolor, gouache and
pencil on paper works by him. The former is entitled "Crow
Indian on the Lookout" and measures 12 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches
and has a modest estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for
$83,650. The latter is entitled "Indians on the War Path"
and measures 8 1/2 by 12 14 inches and has a modest estimate of
$50,000 to $70,000. It sold for $113,525.
"Green River, Wyoming," by Thomas Moran (1837-1926)
is a classic large Western scene that is an oil on panel that
measures 11 1/2 by 36 inches and has an estimate of $1,500,000
to $2,500,000. It sold for $2,924,500. Painted in
it is a newly discovered work according to the catalogue and one
of the artist's earliest versions of this landscape.
Robinson Gifford (1823-1880) is one of the great Hudson River
School painters and Lot 12, "Mote Mountain from Echo Lake,
New Hampshire" is a nice example of his beautiful handling
of light. An oil on canvas laid down on board, it measures 10
1/4 by 17 inches and was executed circa early 1860s. It has a
somewhat ambitious estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. It sold
"Home by The Lake," is a large, nice, bucolic Hudson
River School-style landscape by Frederic Church (1826-1900). An
oil on canvas, it measures 26 1/2 by 40 1/2 inches and was executed
in 1852. It has an ambitious estimate $3,000,000 to $5,000,000
as it is well done, but not exciting. It failed to sell and
was passed at $2,200,000.
(1825-1894) is America's greatest landscape Tonalist and Lot 31,
"Spirit of Autumn," is one of his major works. This
very beautiful and poetic oil on canvas measures 30 by 45 inches
and was executed in 1891. This work was once in the collection
of Mrs. Potter Palmer of Chicago. It has a slightly ambitious
estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000 that accurately reflects
its size and quality but is considerably higher than his market
has evidenced. It failed to sell and was passed at $1,600,000.
"Portrait of Mrs. C.(Mrs. H. M. Channing)," is a wonderful
portrait by Edmund Tarbell. The oil on canvas measures 40 1/4
by 43 inches and was executed in 1911. It has an estimate of $600,000
by $800,000. It sold for $724,500.
Lot 120, "Eggbeater No., 4," is a very nice abstraction
by Stuart Davis (1892-1964). The 14-by-19 1/2-inch gouache on
board was painted in 1928. It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.
It sold for $889,500.
companion to the Davis is Lot 142, "Triad Brilliant, Passaic
River Hills," a 22 1/2-by-29 1/2-inch oil on panel by Oscar
Florianus Bluemner (1867-1938), a stunning abstraction. It also
has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. It sold for $449,500.
several other works in this auction. Lot 207, "Anchors,"
is a 22-by-32-inch oil on canvas, dated 1930, which has an estimate
of $600,000 to $800,000. It sold for $779,500. Lot
"Still Life with Dial," is a very strong still life
dated 1922 that also has a $600,000 to $800,000 estimate. It
failed to sell. It is an oil on canvas that measures 49 1/4
by 32 inches.
"The Breakfast Table," is a spectacular still life that
out "Johns" Jasper Johns's number series. This very
vibrant and painterly work is an oil on canvas that measures 48
1/4 by 34 1/4 inches and has a very conservative estimate of $100,000
to $150,000. It sold for $471,500.
Lot 130, "Lake George Autumn," is quite an unusual and
dramatic landscape by Georgia O'Keefe (1887-1986). The 15-by-27-inch
oil on canvas has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,000,000. It
failed to sell and was passed at $1,000,000.
"Mont Sainte-Victoire," is a great landscape by Marsden
Hartley (1877-1943). The 32-by-39 1/2-inch oil on canvas has a
conservative estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. It sold
very good urban picture is Lot 121, "Convergence II,"
by Charles Sheeler (1883-1965). This tempera on board measures
6 by 4 inches and was painted in 1952. Sheeler is one of the nation's
great Modernist/Precisionist painters and this is very strong
and has a conservative estimate of $70,000 to $100,000, which
it will probably exceed. It sold for $273,500.