World record set for Redmond

LOS ANGELES – The April 7, 2009, auction of California and American paintings and sculpture at Bonhams & Butterfields offered a wide array of Western scenes, Plein Air, Society of Six, and land and cityscapes by noted California and American artists.

The Los Angeles-based sale brought more than $4,178,000 and established four new world auction records for artists Bernard von Eichman, Carl Von Perbandt, Arthur Grover Rider and Granville Redmond.

“The market for California and American painting and sculpture continues to be strong. Solid prices and vibrant bidder participation were seen in a number of collecting areas. Interest in the April sale reflected an ongoing constancy in the marketplace for fresh and unique works,” said Scot Levitt, vice president and fine arts department head.

The top painting of the 179-lot sale was an Impressionist work titled Poppies and Lupine by Granville Redmond that sold for a new world auction record $542,000. As the auction catalog’s cover lot, the work displays dashed brushstrokes and bright shades of blue and brilliant yellow.

According to Levitt: “Drawing on the contours and colors of the rich California landscape, Redmond illuminates ideal places with pointillist dabs of flowers and washes of shadows. Poppies and lupine by a lake is a powerful example of his quintessential style.”

Works by Guy Rose, Ernest Martin Hennings and Armin Hansen also performed well during the auction, which was simulcast to the San Francisco gallery. Among the highlights was Fishermen Salvaging a Wreck by Hansen, which sold for $290,000; Carmel Seascape (A blue sea, Carmel) by Rose; and Riders in the Foothills by Hennings, which both sold for $512,000.

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