American Paintings Auction at Bonhams New York

American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture
15 May 2012
New York

NEW YORK — Bonhams is pleased to announce the May 15 New York auction of American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture. This sale includes several notable works by artists such as Daniel Garber, Charles Burchfield, William Glackens, Louis Ritman and George Bellows among several others.

Alan Fausel, Director of American Paintings, states about the sale, "We are pleased to be able to offer a number of high quality works in this sale of 109 lots. In addition to our May 1 California and Western sale, Bonhams total of 325 American paintings offered in this month is unsurpassed in the industry."

Spring Planting-Stony Ridge, by Impressionist landscape painter Daniel Garber, (pre-sale est. $200,000-250,000) depicts a realistic rendering of a Stony Ridge family and farm. Garber's technique of bold brush strokes and use of lively colours to emblazon the morning sun's rays furthers Garber's representation of the daybreak and new beginnings on a romantic rural American landscape.

November Wind At Dusk, a watercolour by artist Charles Burchfield, (est. $150,000-250,000) demonstrates the artist's ability to create intriguingly active landscapes. Burchfield first began this painting in 1946 but the work remained untouched in the artist's studio for nearly a decade. This is one of two Burchfield's that will appear in this sale.

Also in the auction is the Woman in Red Jacket (est. $180,000-240,000) by William Glackens, co-founder of what came to be called the Ashcan School art movement. Known for his New York street scenes and depictions of middle class daily life, this painting represents Glacken's later work consisting of brighter tones and dreamy brushstrokes.

Counted as one of George Bellow's first portraits is the Portrait of Prosper Invernizzi, a fine example of the artist's talent for capturing the character of his sitter (pre-sale est. $70,000-90,000). Bellow portrays his sitter with cool confidence and with a gaze that challenges the viewer and the environment around him.

Other highlights in this auction are Louis Ritman's At the Piano (pre-sale est. $100,000-150,000); Robert Reid's Reminiscing (pre-sale est. $70,000-90,000); Abbott Fuller Graves' Morning in the Garden (pre-sale est. $60,000-80,000); and John Fredrick Kensett's Valley Landscape, Trenton Falls, NY (pre-sale est. $20,000-30,000).

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