Gile, Kleitsch, And Payne Highlight California & Western Art Sale At Bonhams

Los Angeles – On November 25, following The Eddie Basha Collection: A Selection of Western American Art, Bonhams will continue to offer rare and fresh to the market works in the sale of California & Western Art. Featured are over 140 works by artists such as Joseph Kleitsch, Edgar Payne, and Selden Connor Gile from notable private collections.

One of the leading works this season is Fall's Beginning by Selden Connor Gile from The Collection of Robert H. Aichele (estimate: $150,000-250,000). Painted in 1927, this explosion of primary colors exemplifies why the group known as the Society of Six, of which Gile is the best known, were so influential as colorists in their lifetime and to later generations of Modern artists. Another highlight is Joseph Kleitsch's California, painted in 1930 from The Estate of Ruth Westphal (estimate: $200,000-300,000). This painting shows Kleitsch at the peak of his artistic talents. It creates an entire kaleidoscope of both colors and modern stylistic techniques. California is a time piece of life in the early days of Laguna Beach, a sleepy hamlet filled with artists, writers and fisherfolk. Even in 1930 the village's serenity was threatened and the artist strove to capture snippets of its authenticity. Further highlights include Joe Duncan Gleason's The Schooner Race, Endymion versus Amorilla, off Catalina Island, oil on canvas from The Collection of The Kelton Foundation (estimate: $15,000-20,000) and Joseph Raphael's Mr. Wiggin's Fish Pond, oil on canvas from The Collection of John H. Garzoli, renowned art dealer and scholar (estimate: $60,000-80,000).

This sale presents a unique opportunity to acquire superb works from some of the most distinguished collectors of the field such as The Collection of Ruth Lilly Westphal. Ms. Westphal was instrumental in the growth of the market for California plein air paintings by publishing books on the subject and artists when such little information was available in the late 1970's. The Collection of The Kelton Foundation includes twenty paintings with a majority of works by the California Impressionist painter Duncan Gleason, a favorite painter of Richard Kelton. Mr. Kelton established his foundation which involves ethnographic, scientific and artistic investigations of human culture and the sea. Bonhams will also offer 48 lots from The Collection of John H. Garzoli, one of the most respected and knowledgeable dealers and collectors of California art.

Additional highlights include:

E. Charlton Fortune (1885-1969), Drying Sails I, oil on canvas board (estimate: $150,000-250,000)

Granville Redmond (1871-1935), Lakeside Wildflowers, oil on canvas (estimate: $150,000-250,000)

Edgar Payne (1883-1947), French Fishing Boats Off the Coast, oil on canvas (estimate: $80,000 - 120,000)

William Wendt (1865-1946), The Soil, oil on canvas (estimate: $ 60,000-80,000)


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