NEW YORK — Swann Galleries will present a sale of American Art on June 30. The auction will include notable works from prominent artists working in America beginning in the mid-1800s and continuing through the contemporary era. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale is led by George Tooker with Untitled (Young Man Facing a Woman), an egg tempera and ink from 1950, estimated at $100,000-$150,000, alongside a selection of mid-Century Modernism, Symbolic, and Social Realism. Tooker worked alongside the artist trio PaJaMa, resisting the “Magic Realist” moniker assigned to him and his works. In Young Man Facing a Woman, the features of the male bear a striking resemblance to Tooker in his twenties, while the style of the dress shown in the image is one frequently modeled by Margaret French in numerous 1940s and 1950s PaJaMa photographs, and the scene with its scaffolding and playground-like frame also strikes a strong resemblance to the ones seen in PaJaMa photographs of the time. Additional highlights include male figure studies by Paul Cadmus, works on canvas by Emil Bisttram, Dennis Burlingame, Eugene Francis Savage, and more.
Landscapes abound with scenes that span multiple periods of art history, from the 19th century through the modernist movements of the 20th century. Highlights include Albert Pinkham Ryder’s Houses by the Sea, an oil on panel estimated at $10,000-$15,000; Alice Beach Winter’s Pond, Gloucester, an oil on canvas painted circa 1920 $8,000-$12,000; Charles Burchfield’s Untitled (The House in the Woods), a watercolor, gouache, and charcoal estimated at $5,000-$8,000; Larry Rivers’s View on Fire Island, New York, an oil on canvas painted circa 1951 or 1952, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; Fairfield Porter’s Fairview, North Carolina, a watercolor and pencil, work from 1964, estimated at $7,000-$10,000; and Neil Welliver’s Shaled Trees, Alagash, an oil on canvas from 1994 estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Works of note from the early 20th century include Arthur B. Carles’s Nude with Red Background, an oil on canvas from circa 1925, estimated at $30,000-$50,000; Stuart Davis’s Faun and Girl from The Puritans, a gouache, pencil, and ink work from 1923, estimated at $15,000-$20,000; and Rockwell Kent’s Irish Lad, a watercolor and pencil, from 1927, estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Artists of the Ashcan school, as well as a standout offering of sculpture, and New York scenes by Reginald Marsh, Leon Kroll, and Guy Wiggins, among other familiar names, feature throughout the sale.
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