130 glorious visions of America presented at John Moran, Nov. 15
LOS ANGELES — John Moran’s Autumn rendition of its biannual California and American Fine Art sale will take place Tuesday, November 15, starting at 4 pm Pacific time. The selection will feature fresh-to-the-market artworks chosen from private collections throughout California, the Southwest and beyond. Leading the sale are works by Edgar Alwin Payne, William Wendt, John Marshall Gamble and John Frost, and contemporary highlights include works by Margaret Keane, Richard MacDonald and Clyde Aspevig. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
One of the private collections with works featured in the November 15 auction comes from the estate of George David Sturges (“Dave”). Growing up, Dave was surrounded by art, but it wasn’t until a visit to a friend’s house when he became enamored with California landscape paintings. “As soon as I arrived, I noticed five or six paintings on the wall, all done by the same artist and similar style. They were landscape paintings of the Eastern Sierras in California. … I felt a visceral reaction to these paintings I had not felt before when looking at work by European masters and works by highly talented Americans of several different periods. I was determined to remember the artist’s name … ” Dave went on to accrue an impressive art collection, and this sale will offer works by Hanson Duvall Puthuff, Thomas Hill and the artist who started it all for him, Edgar Payne (1883-1947). One of Dave’s favorite paintings from his collection was the Payne work Ediza Lake, near Mammoth, Eastern Sierras, estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
Changing scenery from the mountains to the railroad is Excavation Grand Central Station by Paul Cornoyer (1864-1923), estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Cornoyer’s earlier work depicted subjects such as cityscapes and landscapes. In 1899, he traveled to New York City and there became a specialist in Tonal urban scenes, painting mirrored pavements, streets with horse drawn carriages, buildings, streets and train stations.
Other American painters featured in this sale are John Marshall Gamble (1863-1957) and Hanson Duvall Puthuff (1875-1972). Gamble earned a national reputation for his paintings of the California golden poppies, blue lupine and rolling coastal hills and have graced the walls of many museums and art collections across the country. Gamble’s work, Poppies and Lupine near Sta. Paula, will be offered with a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.
Hanson Puthuff was born in Missouri but is primarily remembered for his California landscapes and desert paintings and his involvement in the Southern California art world in the early 20th century. His paintings of rolling hills, canyons, and the atmospheric effects of Southern California, the Sierras and desert scenes are widely admired. His work, Sunlit Arroyo, has an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
Like Gamble, Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) was a post-Impressionist painter in America. Early in his career he became an award-winning painter in America and France. Then, in 1888, he accompanied a friend to Giverny to meet Claude Monet, one of the masters of Impressionism. Under Monet’s tutelage, Butler soon began to paint garden scenes and outdoor figures in loose strokes of brightly colored paint. In 1892, Butler married one of Monet’s four stepdaughters, Suzanne, known as “The woman with a Parasol” and Monet’s favorite model. Poplar Trees Along the Epte is an example of a Butler work with Monet’s influence. It is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
This sale has an impressive variety of plein air landscape paintings, among them The Days End, River Elaune, Normandie, a 1919 work by George Ames Aldrich, estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Aldrich (1872-1941) attended the Art Students League in New York City where he studied with Impressionist John Henry Twachtman, muralist Kenyon Cox, Henry Siddons Mowbray and William Merritt Chase. Following his training at the Art Students League, Aldrich made his way to France. Surrounded by budding artists, he continued his studies and eventually met eminent Norwegian painter Fritz Thaulow, later becoming his favorite pupil. Though exposed to and influenced by Impressionism, by the time Aldrich met him, Thaulow had focused on portraying nature in its pure beauty, primarily focusing on water and snow. Aldrich continued his career creating work in Thaulow’s style, having most of his pieces depicting the streams and villages of his beloved France and the rivers and streams of the Midwest.
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