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St. Petersburg, FL, United States
DoneSun, Apr 7, 2013 4:00 PM GMT

ARTISTS' ESTATES - PAINTINGS PRINTS FINE ART

Myers presents fresh-to-market selection of paintings direct from artists' estates in April 7 Fine Art Auction. 350+ private reserve artworks from N.Y., USA & Europe to make their public debut ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Nearly all artists of renown have a private reserve of paintings they display in their own homes but never offer for public sale. Myers Fine Art's April 7 auction features a connoisseur's selection of artworks that qualify for this elite category. Almost every painting, sculpture or work on paper was obtained directly from a noted artist's estate or from the recipient to whom the artwork was gifted or bequeathed. A sizable portion of the fresh-to-market auction trove comes from the estates of New York artists, with the remainder representing private holdings from now-deceased American and European painters. While all schools converge in this sale, with a dateline from the early 17th through early 20th centuries, the selection is predominantly modern. The largest grouping from a single artist is the collection of 15 works by 1960s abstract minimalist Leon Polk Smith (Native American, 1906-1996). The legacy of New York artists continues with three quintessential Johann Berthelsen oil paintings. Howard Gardiner Cushing's (American, 1869-1916) signed oil-on-board Portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney depicts the famous New York art patron and museum founder in a fanciful Leon Bakst-designed costume. A pencil notation on the back of the 18in x 13¼in (sight) painting reads, in part, Bought by Mrs. Delano and G.V. Whitney in Costume by H.G. Cushing. Alfonso A. Ossorio's (American, 1916-1990) signed and dated 1952 freeform watercolor titled - Mononucleosis measures 40in x 26¼in. Another compelling contemporary work is the Louise Berliawsky Nevelson (American, 1899-1988) oil on canvas titled - Cats. The Sunday, April 7th Fine Art auction begins at 12 Noon EST