California impressionists set the scene at Moran’s Nov. 17

California impressionists

Birger Sandzén (1871-1954, Lindsborg, Kansas), ‘Mountain Landscape,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s Fall California & American Fine Art auction on Nov. 17 is filled with a selection of fine and important works from the nation’s most respected artists. From the California coast to the cliffs of the Grand Canyon, inspiring vistas from across the country are sure to impress. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Kansas-based artist Birger Sandzén is known for his stunning landscapes of the West. Mountain Landscape with its clinging snowpack and tranquil rolling hills provides an enveloping space for the viewer and is expected to bring $60,000-$80,000 (above). The beckoning 17 Mile Road – Monterrey, Calif. from Manuel Valencia gives the viewer a tranquil glimpse at the bright blue Pacific Ocean and is expected to sell for $7,000-$9,000.

Artist Curt Walters, whom Art of the West magazine dubbed “The Greatest Living Grand Canyon Painter” lives up to his title with The Place-Sipap. The masterfully rendered view of the canyon in sun and shadow (below) is a triumph from the artist and is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

California impressionists

Curt Walters (b. 1950, Sedona, Arizona), ‘The Place … Sipap,’ acrylic on canvas. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Moran’s image

California impressionist Granville Redmond features prominently in the auction with a landscape with poppies and lupine. The flower-clad hillside in the foreground is cut by a footpath leading to dark green trees with a craggy foothill range in the distance. The oil on canvas is estimated to bring $80,000-$120,000 (below).

California impressionists

Granville Redmond (1871-1935, Los Angeles), landscape with poppies and lupine, oil on canvas. Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Moran’s image

The inspiring View from my Studio – Carmel by the Sea, Calif. from William Ritchel with its thicket of lush trees exposing a hint of the rolling hills beyond is wonderfully executed and is slated to bring $7,000-$9,000. Hanson Duvall Puthuff captures the waning days of heat in Golden Summer. The orange-yellow grass of the foreground is a familiar sight to any Californian at the height summer and a relief of tall trees in the midground promises a hint of shade to break the heat (est. $15,000-$20,000 (below).

California impressionists

Hanson Duvall Puthuff (1875-1972, Corona Del Mar, California), ‘Golden Summer,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Moran’s image

Hints of figures in a scene can have a transporting effect. Moran’s has several fine examples sure to please buyers. The drying of chili peppers is the subject of a glorious work by Phil Dike. The vibrant colors and beautifully composed scene is sure to bring $10,000-$15,000. A campsite in Yosemite is the subject of an outstanding  Thomas Hill oil painting. The dramatic rise of El Capitan juxtaposes with the warm glow of the campfire in the foreground and is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000 (below).

California impressionists

Thomas Hill (1829-1908, Raymond, California), ‘Campfire lakeside in Yosemite,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Moran’s image

The Red Road from Glendora artist Susan Hertel frames the California landscape in a more modern light with gray palette that accentuates the meandering red road enjoyed by a solitary rider and her dogs (est. $15,000-$20,000).


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