NEW YORK – Paintings by Georges Clairin, Clementine Hunter and G. Campbell Lyman should all earn top lot status at Jasper52’s Fine Prints, Paintings, and Decorative Arts auction, which will take place at noon on Wednesday, July 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The lineup contains more than 300 lots, certain to contain something you didn’t know you wanted until you see it. Also featured are landscapes by Alexander Drysdale; a Leroy Neiman serigraph of a Paris scene; a few Blue Dog images by George Rodrigue; and a large Gunner Dongieux 2019 painting that depicts the interior of a New Orleans streetcar. Nudes are available in abundance, most notably in the form of the stylized figures shown in Robert Gordy’s Red Sofa #2.
Among the three chosen highlights is Le Dompteur de Pigeons (The Pigeon Tamer), a circa-1870 work by French artist Georges Clairin (1843-1919). He was primarily an Orientalist painter, but the drama of that genre radiates from the oil painting, which presents an unconventional depiction of the arrival of Napoleon’s forces at Venice’s legendary St. Mark’s Square. The Pigeon Tamer is estimated at $128,000-$154,000.
Representing the realm of contemporary art is a G. Campbell Lyman (American, b. 1960-) work, Aggregate #20, created in 2022 and rendered in charcoal, wax, oil and acrylic. A statement Lyman issued on the mixed-media creation reads in part: “This is from a series of paintings I have done based on the Old Master technique of beginning with a thin wash and progressively building up the layers of paint. It was painted in seven stages; you can still see traces of the original stage. What I essentially did was strip down this technique to its essence. So it’s a painting about process rather than subject. The important things here are color, balance and texture. But I think the end result is a vibrant and happy painting. Very large, with a lot of wall power – the largest painting I have ever done.” Aggregate #20 carries an estimate of $7,000-$8,000.
Rounding out the highlights is Wedding, a 1967 oil on canvas by African American Outsider artist Clementine Hunter (American, December 1886 or January 1887-1988). The lot notes state its authenticity “has been verified by the #1 Clementine expert, Tom Whitehead,” and its provenance is known; in the year of its creation, it served, fittingly enough, as a wedding gift. It is estimated at $15,000-$18,000.
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