Skinner, Inc., will offer a varied selection of American and European Paintings on Friday, March 6 in its Boston gallery located at 63 Park Plaza. With more than 850 lots of paintings, prints, photography and sculpture, the sale has something to suit every taste.
Kicking off the sale at noon is a selection of prints and photography. Featured prints include Francisco de Goya’s LOS DESASTRES DE LA GUERRA (estimate $30,000-$50,000) – 80 plates first edition; Karl Schmidt-Rottluff’s Selbstbildnis (estimate $5,000-$7,000) coming to Skinner from a private New England estate; Andy Warhol’s A Gold Book (estimate $7,000-$9,000); Arthur Wesley Dow’s Newbury Willows (estimate $1,000-$1,500); and after Samuel A. Kilbourne, 12 plates from GAME FISHES OF THE UNITED STATES (estimate $5,000-$7,000) published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1879.
Also of note are several works by Pablo Picasso including Femme vue de dos (estimate $4,000-$6,000) from the edition of 25, and Le vieux roi (estimate $2,000-$4,000), both from a private collection by family descent of Lewis H. Weinstein of Boston. Rounding out the offerings are several works by Joan Miró such as Obra inèdita recent/A Portfolio of Eleven works (estimate $4,000-$6,000) and L’Entraineuse-rouge (estimate $1,500-$2,000).
Photography highlights include works by Harold Eugene Edgerton featuring Shooting the Apple (estimate $2,500-$3,500) and Football Kick (estimate $3,000-$5,000); Aaron Siskind’s Pleasures and Terror of Levitation 37 (estimate $3,000-$5,000) and New York I (estimate $2,000-$4,000); On the Ascent (estimate $500-$700) and View of the Matterhorn (estimate $500-$700) by Bradford Washburn; and Minor White’s Drid Williams, Capitol Reef, Utah (estimate $5,000-$7,000) and Untitled (from Steely the Barb of Infinity) (estimate $3,000-$5,000).
Commencing at 4 p.m. is the paintings and sculpture session of the sale. To start, works from European artists lead with Busy Harbor (estimate $3,000-$5,000) by Louis Charles Verboeckhoven, provenance – Mandell’s Gallery, Norfolk, 1968; The Young Mother (estimate $3,500-$4,000) by Paul Seignac, provenance – Cooling Galleries, London, 1967; and George Vicat Cole’s A Surrey Cornfield (estimate $12,000-$18,000). Also expected to draw great interest is Jan Brueghel the Elder’s Satyrs Observing Diana’s Sleeping Nymphs (estimate $40,000-$60,000), which was created in 1620 in Antwerp and likely completed as a proposal for a painting. This work comes to Skinner from the private collection of Fred and Jann Kline.
Featured works by American masters include Clifford Grear Alexander’s Lords of the Land/A Spring Landscape (estimate $1,500-$3,000); a tripartite cast-iron fireback with sunflower motif by Elihu Vedder (estimate $20,000-$30,000); Vermont Farm by Luigi Lucioni (estimate $15,000-$25,000); At the Garden Fountain (estimate $30,000-$50,000) by Francis Coates Jones, best known for his figurative works and genre scenes; and John Leslie Breck’s Landscape with Cows at Pasture/An Impressionist Scene (estimate $20,000-$30,000), which shows the dappled light effects that Breck mastered under Monet’s influence. Several fine works by John Whorf, most from the collection of Samuel Eliot Codman, will also be offered including Nude in the Forest (estimate $15,000-$25,000); Fishing Under the Falls (estimate $7,000-$9,000); In the Deep Forest (estimate $7,000-$9,000); Winter Morning (estimate $7,000-$9,000); and Rain, Porte Saint-Martin, Paris (estimate $6,000-$8,000).
Other American highlights include John Henry Twachtman’s Riverside Village, Normandy (estimate $12,000-$18,000); Laura Coombs Hills’ Water Lily (estimate $10,000-$15,000) and Water Lilies (estimate $10,000-$15,000); and George Caleb Bingham’s Horse Thief (estimate $175,000-$200,000), which suggests a strong influence from Thomas Cole and the period of the Cole revival. Several works by William Robinson Leigh, who was able to fuse his love of nature from childhood and his training from Munich with the rich subjects and surrounding of the American Southwest, will also be offered including Summer Hogan (estimate $20,000-$30,000); Keams Canon, Arizona, alternatively titled Study No. 12, Compositions for Land of Navahos (estimate $20,000-$30,000); Trading a Pendleton Blanket (estimate $20,000-$30,000); and Zuni Girl (estimate $20,000-$30,000).
Now a core focus of Skinner’s paintings department, many fine modern works will be up for bid. Worth mentioning are Harry Bertoia’s Untitled [Small Split Bush] (estimate $15,000-$25,000); Jean Lurcat’s Les Nuages Movement (estimate $2,000-$4,000); Enrico Castellani’s Senzo Titolo (estimate $6,000-$8,000) and Josef Albers’ Young Eagle (estimate $20,000-$30,000), one of several works from the collection of architect Louis Albert McMillen to be offered.
Still other noteworthy pieces include Satish Gujral’s Days of Glory (estimate $10,000-$15,000), which relates to the struggle of displacement during the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947; Herbert Bayer’s Untitled [Formulation in Red, Green and Periwinkle] (estimate $10,000-$15,000), which is typical of Bayer’s geometric abstractions that suggest movement through purely formal means; and David Burliuk’s Flowers in Cuba (estimate $25,000-$35,000), from the artist’s “Still Life” period (roughly 1940s to 1960s) and in the spirit of Van Gogh, whom Burliuk greatly admired.
Previews for the auction will be held from 12-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4; 12-7 p.m. Thursday, March 5; and 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, March 6.
During Thursday’s preview, Skinner will host a fine art gallery walk discussing painting, prints and photography at 5:30 p.m. presented by Skinner Painting Director Colleene Fesko and specialists Robin Starr, Kathy Wong, and Laura Conover. Interested attendees should call 617-350-5400.
For more information, visit www.skinnerinc.com. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, and order catalogs online.
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