Investment-quality Russian and American art in Trinity’s March 14 sale
AVON, Conn. – Trinity International will hold its first auction of 2009 on Saturday, March 14, starting at 11:30 a.m. EST, with live Internet bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
Unlike past sales, the auction will be held at Trinity’s corporate headquarters at 2 Arts Center Lane on Avon, Connecticut. The change of venue was made in order to allow extended viewing hours and easier accessibility for those wishing to attend in person.
Trinity International’s president, Stephen Gass, commented that many buying opportunities exist now that were not available in recent times. “The art world is certainly not immune to the global financial fallout, however in this environment it is still possible to find good investment value artwork,” he said.
Gass said the upcoming auction contains a very good range of work with solid long-term value. A prime example is the selection of artworks by David Davidovich Burliuk (Russian, 1882-1967), whose paintings have increased in value at recent auctions in spite of economic conditions. The sale will feature eight of his works, all fresh to the market, including a wonderful Florida scene and several futuristic compositions, one of which is dated 1938.
“We have built up a steady reputation of offering consistently good foreign pieces, and this auction is no exception,” Gass said. Fine-quality Russian art includes works by Ivan with quality pieces from several Russian artists including Ivan Aivazoysky (1817-1900), Alexander Altmann (1878-1932), Marirox Saryn (1884-1963), Konstantin Alexeievitch Korovin (1861-1931), and two works by Pierre (Prince) Troubetzkoy (Russian/American, 1864-1936).
European works include paintings by Emilio Grau Sala (Spanish, 1911-1975) including Woman with a Spring Bouquet dated 1965; and works by Georges d’Espagnat (French, 1870-1950), Michelle Cascella (Italian, 1892-1989), and Claude Venard (French, 1913-1999).
American Modernism and Early Contemporary works comprise another area that has maintained its strength in the last several months. A top highlight of this auction are eight sculptures by American artist Albert Wein (1915-1991). Wein has been the subject of a recent retrospective of his work at The Boston Athenaeum. Wein’s work was about the blending of Modernist interpretation with the human form, a theme which would become his artistic signature.
Included in this auction is the marquette for perhaps his greatest piece Phryne Before the Judges which is one of the finest sculptures at The Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Also included is a stunning bronze by the artist titled Beethoven, which shows the music muse above the composer’s shoulder. The piece exudes movement and inspiration of the renowned composer.
Rolph Scarlett (American, 1989-1894) is represented with four pieces, including three of his jewelry creations, which virtually never appear on the auction block.
Emil Bisttram (American, 1895-1976) has four works in the sale, along with a painting by Karl Knaths (American, 1891-1971) and a small early sculpture by William Zorach (American, 1877-1966). The American section also includes renowned New England artist Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972), Philip Leslie Hale (1865-1931) and Walter Kuhn (1887-1949).
Hibbard’s Mount Mansfield, a 36 inch by 48 inch oil on canvas, presents a commanding view of Mount Mansfield in Vermont. This magnificent piece captures the sheer strength of the New England landscape in winter.
Hale’s Giverny, 1888 shows the virtuosity of the artist with capturing water lilies floating languidly on a beautiful summer day. In 1888 Hale was in Giverny with his friend Theodore Butler and became well acquainted with Claude Monet.
Kuhn’s Green Apples, 1945, a 24 inch by 36 inch oil on canvas, is fresh from a private New Jersey collection.
Noted Canadian Abstract painter Jean Paul Riopelle (1915-1999) is represented with an oil on canvas titled Sentier Pour La Mer, 1956, which is the property of a private Connecticut collector and fresh to the market.
“One thing I have continuously counseled consignors on is the need in today’s environment to be realistic on their estimates, and I believe we have adhered to this in this auction,” said Gass. “I could easily go on about the quality in this auction which, in my estimation is the best we have ever had. Instead, I invite you to see for yourself…”
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