auction follows the morning session in which Sotheby's is auctioning
the important collection of Meyer and Vivian Potamkin (see The
City Review article.) This auction is highlighted by an important
work by John Sloan and good paintings by Frederic E. Church, William
Bradford, Thomas Hill and Georgia O'Keefe.
of the auction catalogue is illustrated with Lot 141, shown above,
"Easter Eve," an impressive oil on canvas by John Sloan
(1871-1951). A major member of the so-called Ashcan school that
concentrated its focus on urban life rather than academic subjects,
important early works by Sloan are rare. In his book, "The
Story of American Painting: The Evolution of Painting In America
from Colonial Times to the Present," art critic Charles Caffin
illustrated this painting and noted that it was the prime example
of "the efforts of a few of our younger painters to shake
themselves from the fetters of prettiness and sentimentality in
which much American Art is confined." "While the rendering
of the spectacle presented to the eye is his first concern, his
mind also is busy with the human comedy and tragedy that beats
below the surface. it is the humanity of the scene, as well as
its pictorial suggestions, that interest him.
has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It sold for $3,032,000
including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this
article. This afternoon sale was very successful with a very very
high percentage of the offered lots being sold.
is a fine small work by Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) that
was created for The U. S. Sanitary Commission to benefit the Union
Hospital Fund during the Civil War. Entitled "The Setting
Sun," it is a 9 1/2-by-14-inch oil on canvas. Created in
1864, it has a a very conservative estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.
It sold for $192,800. The catalogue notes that for the sale
the artist also lent five paintings for exhibition including his
very famous "Heart of the Andes" that is now in the
collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
is a good scene of "Yosemite" by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902).
The oil on canvas measures 20 1/2 by 30 1/4 inches and the treatment
of the trees at the left and the waterfall in the center is very
painterly. Although not in pristine condition, it is a dramatic
scene and has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. It sold
Bierstadt is Lot 203, "The Wetterhorn," a 59 1/2-by-47
1/2-inch oil on canvas. Dated 1857, it is a dramatic scene of
the Alps, but an early work that is not as painterly as the artist
is capable of. It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. It
failed to sell.
is a group of 10 paintings each 13 3/4 by 18 3/4 inches in a large
frame by Bierstadt of various scenes. The individual scenes of
sketches of various subjects and quality. It has an estimate of
$400,000 to $600,000. It sold for $467,200.
(1829-1908) is best known for his many views of Yosemite down
in almost an impressionistic style. Lot 215, however, is a very
fine, non-impressionistic scene of the Rocky Mountains. An oil
on canvas executed in 1869, it measures 18 by 34 inches. It has
a very modest estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. Lot 216 is one of
Hill's conventional "Yosemite Valley" paintings, an
oil on canvas that measures 18 1/2 by 25 1/2 inches. It has an
estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. It sold for $48,000.
Bradford (1823-1892) is America's most famous painter of the Artic
and Lot 208 is a very fine small oil on board by him that was
executed in 1878. It measures 9 by 14 inches and has a modest
estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for $108,000.
is a very lovely watercolor and gouache on paper by Winslow Homer
(1836-1910) entitled "Fishing." The work measures 7
by 8 1/2 inches and has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.
It sold for $1,128,000.
is a fine, very colorful and Cubistic tempera on gessoed panel
by Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928). Entitled "Heart's Hansel,"
it measures 16 by 11 inches and has a modest estimate of $15,000
to $25,000. It sold for $30,000.
O'Keeffe (1887-1986) is represented in this auction by two works,
Lots 119 and 123. The former is entitled "Red Hills with
Pedernal, White Clouds. An oil on canvas, it measures 20 by 30
inches and has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. It
sold for $1,352,000. The latter is entitled "Little Barn."
It is a 10 1/2-by-13 1/2-inch oil on panel. Painted in 1932, it
has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. It sold for $848,000.