Los Angeles–Bonhams is pleased to announce its California and Western Paintings and Sculpture auction, April 30 in Los Angeles, and simulcast in San Francisco. It will be led by Granville Redmond's "Spring in Southern California" (est. $400,000-600,000). The work serves as an iconic example of California plein air painting, depicting flowers, oaks and mountains in Redmond's signature impressionist style.
The auction will also prominently feature such highlights as E. Charlton Fortune's boldly-colored "The Señora's Garden," circa 1918, and Guy Rose's cheerful "At Duck Cove," each estimated at $200,000-300,000. Both works are fresh to the market, coming to auction at Bonhams following direct ownership by the artists' families. A second work by Guy Rose, a seascape entitled "Moonlight - Arch Beach, Laguna," estimated at $300,000-500,000, is also among the sale's leading lots.
Scot Levitt, Vice President and Fine Arts Department Director at Bonhams, said of the upcoming auction: "This is the strongest selection of top California and Western paintings that we have organised in years. Many of these paintings are the best works we have offered by top artists such as Rose, Redmond, Fortune, Reiffel and Berninghaus. The market has rebounded considerably and our prediction is that this should be a stellar sale with record results."
Highlights will continue on to include the two strongest works to ever come to auction by early modernist painter Charles Reiffel: "Rainy Evening," 1937, estimated at $200,000-300,000, and "To Wander - In San Diego Back Country," 1938, estimated at $100,000-150,000.
Also on offer will be notable works of Native American scenes, including Oscar Edmund Berninghaus' "Tracks on the Trail," estimated at $100,000-150,000, and Joseph Henry Sharp's "The Old Chief's Query," estimated at $150,000-250,000.
Rounding out the sale will be Part Two of the important Society of Six works offered from the Collection of Robert H. Aichele, including works of varying estimates by Selden Connor Gile, Louis Siegriest and Maurice Logan.
The illustrated auction catalogue for this sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com.
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