Rendering of Santa Ana Canyon vista may crest $120,000

Paintings depicting historic vistas from across the Western U.S., including California's Santa Ana Canyon, will come to auction Oct. 25 at John Moran Auctioneers.
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MONROVIA, Calif. — A breathtaking painting of the Santa Ana Canyon is one of the leading lots in

Santa Ana Canyon painting

A painterly view of Santa Ana Canyon by William Wendt, late 19th/early 20th century, may see $80,000 to $120,000. (All photos courtesy John Moran Auctioneers)

the October 25 biannual California and American Fine Art Auction, featuring 250 lots, presented by John Moran Auctioneers.

Excellent examples by top-tier American artists abound, while price-points for the offerings are varied: pre-auction estimates range from $800 to $150,000.

The auction will begin at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Bidding is available in person, via telephone, absentee, and online through LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable.

Offerings from Icons of Western Art

Consistent with the high concentration of Western-genre offerings Moran’s has sold throughout the year, the October sale features a large number of works by important Western artists dating from the 19th century through the modern day. Highlights include historically important mural-sized panels by German-born Detlef Sammann (1857-1938), which were commissioned in 1910 by California oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny to be installed in his Los Angeles mansion. Sammann originally conceived the works as a continuous room-sized frieze. Moran’s is offering three self-contained and two contiguous pairs of panels from the frieze; each lot has been assigned a conservative $8,000 to $12,000 estimate.

More contemporary Western works hail from the Paso Robles estate of dedicated art patron Phoebe Hearst Cooke. “Wyoming Range,” a large-scale oil painting by artist Tucker Smith (b. 1940 Wyoming) is an excellent example of the artist’s compositional and tonal prowess; the painting is expected to bring $40,000 to $60,000. Consigned from a private Sun Valley, Calif., collection, a diminutive watercolor by celebrated Western artist Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926) is also expected to prove popular with collectors. Titled “My Shot Killed the Elk (The Dispute),” the work carries a $15,000 to $20,000 estimate.

The auction catalog comprises a number of American landscape vistas by top-tier American Impressionist painters. William Wendt (1865-1946) is represented in a sweeping, saturated view of Santa Ana Canyon ($80,000 to $120,000). Equally striking, John Frost’s (1890-1937) view of a riotously colorful poppy field in full bloom is balanced by distant, icy blue snow-capped mountains and a cloud-dappled sky. “California Poppies, Desert” is expected to earn $60,000 to $90,000.

Photos Round Out Selection

A select group of photographs is also slated for sale, including a low-angle view of the Sierra Nevadas from Manzanar by Ansel Adams (1902-1984). Titled “Mount Williamson,” the 1944 gelatin silver print will go to the block with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.

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