Top painters noted in Hindman Western art sale Oct. 29

Henry Francois Farny (American, 1847-1916), ‘Moving Camp,’ 1905, oil on board, signed Farny and dated (lower right), 12 x 9in. Estimate: $200,0009-$300,000. Hindman image

DENVER – Hindman will present a 300+-plus Western Paintings and Sculpture Auction on Thursday, Oct. 29. The sale will feature 19th and 20th century Western and Wildlife paintings and sculpture from a number of important private, institutional and corporate collections. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

“The demand for Western art has continued to grow. “We saw overwhelming results from our June auction and we are looking forward to the continued success in this category,” said Kate Hlavin, director and senior specialist of Western Art, “October’s auction should generate a lot of excitement for Western art collectors with the exceptional group of works our team has assembled.”

Among the top lots of the auction are two works by Henry Francois Farny. The artist hailed from Ohio, but was most famous for his scenes of Western and Native American life. From the Cincinnati, Ohio, estate of Ellen Graydon Hill, these works each depicts his most iconic subjects. The oil on canvas, Moving Camp (above), from 1905, is estimated at $200,000-$300,000 and Deer Hunting, a work on paper from 1901 holds a presale estimate of $100,000-$150,000.

Four works by Taos Society artist and Ohio native, Joseph Henry Sharp, will also be offered, including Wind River Country (below), an oil on canvas depicting Shoshone Indians among the Wind River Range. This Wyoming landscape comes from the Midwestern collection of William L. Taylor and holds an estimate of $100,000-$150,000. Additionally, Sharp’s oil on canvas, Portrait of Indian with Drum and Pipe, from the collection of noted Ohio philanthropist and collector Dorothy “Bunny” Whitaker will be offered with an estimate of $40,000-$60,000.

Joseph Henry Sharp (American, 1859-1953), ‘Wind River Country,’ oil on canvas,
signed J.H. Sharp (lower right), 20 x 27in. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Hindman image

Of particular note, is a corporate art collection that includes a number of important Western and Native American artists. Featured in this collection are Fritz Scholder’s expansive oil on canvas, Indian Messiah, which is expected to sell between $20,000-$40,000, as well as multiple works by Earl Biss, Billy Schenck and Dan Namingha. Earl Biss’s Ritual Dance of the Moon Hunters holds an estimate of $15,000-$20,000 and Billy Schenk’s Days of August is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Fritz Scholder (American, 1937-2005), ‘Indian Messiah,’ 1975, oil on canvas,
signed Scholder (lower right), 80 x 68in. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000. Hindman image

Another exciting collection Hindman is proud to offer is the Mandelman – Ribak Collection, sold for the benefit of the University of New Mexico. Eight works by Taos Modern painter Beatrice Mandelman will be offered. Each work is a colorful abstract composition in acrylic, including top lots 90-NY04 and Sun Series B-21, estimated at $7,000-$9,000 and $5,000-$7,000, respectively.

Beatrice Mandelman (American, 1912-1998), ‘New York No. 66½,’ acrylic on canvas, signed Mandleman (lower right), 40 x 60in. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Hindman Image

Other highlights of the auction include Oscar Berninghaus’s, Back from the Hills, which holds an estimate of $20,000-$30,000, Kenneth Riley’s oil on canvas works Indian Camp in Mount Valley, estimated at $30,000-$50,000 and Canyon Morning, expected to sell between $20,000-$40,000.

Oscar Berninghaus (American, 1874-1952), ‘Back from the Hills,’ 1907 oil on canvas, signed O Berninghaus and dated (lower left), 28½ x 23in. Hindman image

The Western Art and Sculpture auction will be held on Oct.29 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time in Hindman’s Denver saleroom.

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