NEW YORK – Tropical images of Hawaii highlight a fine art auction that will be conducted online by Jasper52 on Wednesday, April 15. Many of the paintings are fresh from an estate in Honolulu. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
The expected top lot in the auction is by the well-known English artist Charles W. Bartlett (1860-1940), who settled in Honolulu in 1917. His 1923 etching titled Man in Outrigger, Hawaii is hand-colored with watercolor (above). This signed print is framed and in impeccable condition. It is expected to sell for $12,000-$14,000.
The oil on canvas of a muscular workman cradling a pair of black kittens in his gloved hand is by well-known Honolulu-born artist Juliette May Fraser (1887-1983). Perhaps best known for the murals she painted around the world, Fraser also portrayed Hawaiian legends and other themes through linoleum cut, oil painting, ceramics and fresco. The portrait of the workman carries a $2,000-$2,500 estimate.
David Howard Hitchcock (1861-1943) was arguably Hawaii’s outstanding resident professional artist. Born in Hilo, he was the first Hawaii-born painter to receive formal art training in Paris. Hitchcock’s lone painting in the auction dates to the first decade of the 20th century when he was coming into his prime. The oil on wooden panel depicts a lush forest scene in either Hawaii or California (est. $7,000-$8,000).
Lahaina Broiler, a famous beachside eatery on Maui, is depicted in a 1969 oil on canvas painting by well-known regional artist Hajime Okuda (1906-1992). Okuda used his palette knife to create works of luminosity, balance and harmony and to evoke the warmth of the great French Impressionists while capturing the beloved memories of mid-20th century Hawaii. The landscape in the auction has a $2,000-$2,500 estimate.
Also from the 1960s is a watercolor landscape of the Hawaii upcountry by Pennsylvania-born Robert Lee Eskridge (1891-1975), who moved to Hawaii in 1932. He taught at the University of Hawaii until the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. As well as an artist, he was also the author-illustrator of several books about Hawaii.
Nearly 100 artworks will be offered in this Jasper52 auction, which will begin Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. Eastern time.