Calif. landscape art taking center stage March 24

PASADENA, Calif. – Two works depicting unique viewpoints of California landscapes, both by San Gabriel, Calif.-born artist Guy Orlando Rose, are expected to surpass $100,000 and compete for top-lot honors during John Moran Auctioneers’ March 24 Fine Art Auction.

In addition to live bidding at the site of the auction (the Pasadena Convention Center),

"Sierra Vista Hill" painting

“Sierra Vista Hill” by Guy Orlando Rose may realize between $200,000 and $300,000. (Photo courtesy John Moran Auctioneers)

telephone and absentee bids will be accepted, and Internet bidding will be facilitated by Bidsquare.com and LiveAuctioneers.com.

The first of Rose’s artwork, estimated to earn $100,000 to $200,000, is a charming Laguna coastal. The second painting, titled “Sierra Vista Hill” features a swath of golden Southern California hillside dotted with rows of haystacks that recede to meet a hazy skyline ($200,000 to $300,000).

Moran’s will also offer works by two artists who comprise the venerated Northern California-based Society of Six. The works include landscapes and a charming floral still life by the society’s eldest member, Seldon Connor Gile (1877-1947), as well as landscapes by August F. Gay (1890-1948), with estimates ranging between $5,000 and $12,000.

Two highly-anticipated modernist paintings by California artists are offered, including a sizable landscape titled “Santa Monica Coast Highway” by Larry Cohen (born 1952). The artist is known for grand, far-reaching townscapes, and the example in this sale is representative of that. It is estimate at $2,000 to $3,000.

Substantially sized paintings, including a forest interior landscape titled “Fontainebleau Moran_005webForest at Twilight,” by Frederick Judd Waugh (1861-1940), carries an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000, while “Taos Pueblo at Dusk” by Will Sparks (1862-1937) is expected to earn between $15,000 and $20,000. A stunning coastal oil on canvas by Paul Lauritz (1889-1975), featuring the Monterey Bay with cypress trees, is poised to command between $40,000 and $50,000.

Additional highlights include:

• A patinated bronze figural sculpture titled “Wings of Victory” depicting an American nurse and three uniformed WWI soldiers beneath the wingspan of Victory personified ($8,000-$10,000)

• An impressionist landscape by female Bay Area artist E. Charlton Fortune  ($70,000-$90,000)

• Dr. Seuss’ (a.k.a. Theodor Geisel) (1904-1991) playful crayon drawing of the “Elephant Cat” from If I Ran the Zoo ($3,000-$5,000)

For more information, visit www.johnmoran.com or call 626-793-1833.

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