CHICAGO – This month, Hindman will present three days of fine art sales featuring more than 300 works of art. The trio of auctions begin with American and European Art on December 13, followed by Post War and Contemporary Art on December 14 and ending with Prints and Multiples on December 15. Remarkable collections and artworks will be featured, including major works by N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Orville Bulman, Hans Hofmann, Larry Poons, Frank Stella, Julie Mehretu, Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
American & European Art | December 13
The December American and European Art auction will offer a remarkable selection of more than 100 lots of paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the 19th and 20th centuries with a selection of works by Ashcan, Modernist, Impressionist and Illustration artists. Works by American artists N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Reginald Marsh and John Singer Sargent are among the most anticipated lots. The sale will also feature 20th century European works by Gustave Loiseau, Montague Dawson and Le Pho.
Standout works include N.C. Wyeth’s When Drake Saw for the First Time the Waters of the South Sea, estimated at $200,000-$400,000. A renowned artist of the Golden Age of Illustration, N.C. Wyeth achieved success after studying at Howard Pyle’s school and selling his first drawing to the Saturday Evening Post in 1903, at the age of 21. Wyeth would go on to capture real-life, historical characters that were later romanticized in literary sources. This painting is a distinct example of Wyeth’s illustration work, while also one that clearly shows the influence Pyle had on him.
Other highlights include Reginald Marsh’s The People’s Follies, which carries an estimate of $100,000-$150,000; John Singer Sargent’s David Plays Before Saul (or David Playing before Saul), estimated at $80,000-$100,000; Winslow Homer’s Shepherdess, estimated at $70,000-$90,000, and Frederick Carl Frieseke’s Woman Reading Beside a Lamp, estimated at $70,000-$90,000.
Post War & Contemporary Art | December 14
The December Post War and Contemporary Art auction features a carefully curated presentation of more than 80 paintings, works on paper and sculpture. The auction is anchored by awe-inspiring abstract works by Friedel Dzubas, Joe Goode, Ron Gorchov, Hans Hofmann, Paul Jenkins, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons, Paul Reed, Kikuo Saito, Joel Shapiro, Pat Steir, Richard Tuttle and Larry Zox.
Among the standout lots of the auction is Hans Hofmann’s 1936 work Blue House, estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Hofmann was a master abstract expressionist, and this work is a quintessential example with its vibrancy and bold brushstrokes. Jenny Saville’s Untitled (Portrait of a Woman), estimated at $50,000-$70,000, and Friedel Dzubas’ Further Land, estimated at $40,000-$60,000, are among additional notable works.
In addition, the sale includes exceptional representational examples by Tom Wesselmann, Alex Katz, Chris Ofili, John Currin, Gilbert & George, Lois Dodd and Ernest Trova. Also of note in the auction are singular works by Roy Dean De Forest and Gladys Nilsson, originally purchased from the famed Candy Store in Folsom, California.
Prints & Multiples | December 15
The December Prints and Multiples auction features more than 100 works, with a broad selection of Modern and Contemporary prints, vintage posters and Old Master prints. The Old Master session includes works by Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt and Jacques Callot, while the vintage poster session includes iconic works by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Leonetto Cappiello.
The Modern session features works by renowned American artists Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Martin Lewis, and Rockwell Kent as well as by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and Alexander Calder. The Post War and Contemporary session includes artwork by Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Pierre Soulages, Julie Mehretu, Russell Young and Jeff Koons.
Highlight works include Julie Mehretu’s 2005 Entropia: Construction, estimated at $15,000-$25,000. A distinguished American contemporary visual artist who has quickly risen in prominence during the past decade, Mehretu is known for her innovation and multilayered paintings. Her work has been exhibited in numerous prominent museums and galleries around the world, most recently in a retrospective that travelled from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to the Whitney Museum of American Art between 2019-2021.
Other notable lots from the auction include Albrecht Durer’s The Four Horsemen (from The Apocalypse), estimated at $20,000-$40,000, and Roy Lichtenstein’s 1982 work Cow Triptych (Cow Going Abstract), estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
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