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Raimonds Staprans, 'Blue Skies, Red Paint,' estimated at $100,000-$200,000 at John Moran.

Raimonds Staprans, George E. Hughes, and Norman Rockwell shine at John Moran June 11

MONROVIA, CA — A wealth of talent is on display in John Moran‘s 140-plus lot Modern and Contemporary Fine Art sale scheduled for Tuesday, June 11. The complete catalog is now available for review and bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Two mid-1990s works by Raimonds Staprans (b. 1926-) lead the sale. Blue Skies, Red Paint dates to 1994 and features the artist’s standard bold use of color while depicting everyday objects in a flattened perspective. As the top-estimated lot in the sale, the painting is anticipated at $100,000-$200,000. A 1996 work titled A Can and Orange is considerably more accessible at $10,000-$20,000.

The career of George E. Hughes (1907-1990) reads like a compendium of 20th-century America. He began his career doing illustrations for magazines such as Vanity Fair and House and Garden, and eventually ended up at The Saturday Evening Post, where he continued to provide illustrations long after photography had come to dominate magazine artwork. Indeed, his final Post contribution was in 1971. Don’t Block The Driveway is a 1953 Post cover and is accompanied by a copy of the December 12, 1953 issue. It is estimated at $25,000-$35,000.

Gossiping Neighbor, titled by repute, is a Hughes Post cover from the May 12, 1951 issue. Also accompanied by the actual magazine for which it was created, the work is similarly estimated at $25,000-$35,000.

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) is best remembered for his Americana depictions in The Saturday Evening Post. The Land of Enchantment is a study he created prior to the final artwork that would appear as a spread in the December 22, 1934 issue. Rockwell gave it to fellow artist Charles E. Charlton of Alhambra, California, whose grandchild has consigned it to Moran. The unsigned watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper laid to board is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.