24, "On the Old Santa Fe Road," by Georgia O'Keeffe, oil on canvas, 16
by 30 inches, 1930-1
Another O'Keeffe oil on
Lot 24, "On the Old Santa Fe Road." It measures 16 by 30
was painted in 1930-1. While not up to the dramatic and stark
of many of her other landscapes, it has a good sensual quality.
an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It sold for $5,093,000.
"Still Life Synchromy," by Stanton Macdonald-Wright, oil on canvas, 22
by 30 1/4 inches, 1917
(1890-1973) is a very important early American modernist whose works
appear rarely at auction. Lot 15 is a fine example of his
abstractions and is an oil on canvas that is entitled "(Still Life
Synchromy)." The back-cover illustration of the catalogue and
widely exhibited, it measures 22 by 30 1/4 inches and was painted in
1917. It was included in the 1956, 1967 and 1979
retrospectives on the artist.
Lot 25, "New
Mexico," by Marsden Hartley, oil on canvas, 16 by 24 inches, 1919
The catalogue entry notes that there are two figures in the picture and
that the elements depicted "are sharply reduced and fragmented into
geometric planes and circular shapes of shimmering color" adding that
"these latter forms, arranged so that they appear to cascade
across the picture plane, were inspired by Macdonald-Wright's
admiration for Michaelangelo and the contrapposto he applied to sculpt
the human frame in his work Dying
Slave....[Morgan] Russell introduced Macdonald-Wright to
the ideas of Percyval Tudor-Hart, a Canadian painter and color theorist
working in Paris at the time. Using Tudor-Hart's theories on
the musical character of color as a foundation, Macdonald-Wright and
Russell drew a simplified analogy between the 12 tone scale and the 12
colors on a standard color wheel,...The color-sound analogy
was one that many artists were exploring at the time."
It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000. It sold for $2,165,000.
23, "Painting VI (Camera Flashlight, Machine Still Life)," by Morton
Livingston Schamberg, oil on canvas, 24 by 20 inches, 1916
Lot 23 is a lyrical modernist
oil on canvas by Morton Livingston Schamberg (1881-1918) entitled
"Painting VI (Camera Flashlight, Machine Still Life)." It
measures 24 by 20 inches and was painted in 1916 and was once in The
Regis Collection of Minneapolis formed by Myron Kunin, whose great
African Art collection was auctioned at Sotheby's November 11, 2014.
It has been widely exhibited and published. It has
a modest estimate of $600,000 to $800,000. It sold for $965,000.
The catalogue entry provides
the following commentary:
"...this little known yet hugely significant painter and photographer
originally trained as an architect. After receiving his
degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1903, however, Schamberg
enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he studied
under William Merritt Chase and practiced his teacher's impressionist
style of execution. After completing his studies at the
Adademy, he made several trips to Europe between 1904 and 1909, at
times accompanied by both Chase and [Charles] Sheeler - his close
friend and another of Chase's pupils....the works he created
upon his return to the United States display a new concern for the
structural rather than the representational function of color, and he
increasingly flattened and fragmented forms. By the 1913
Armory Shyow, in which the artist exhibited five works, his embrace of
modest abstraction was fully realized."
The lot has a modest estimate of $600,000 to $800,000. It sold for $965,000.
30, "Composition,"by Arthur Beecher Carles, oil on canvas, 43 1/2 by 59
1/4 inches, 1937
One of the most impressive,
stunning and vibrant works in the auction is Lot 30, "Composition," by
Arthur Beecher Carles (1882-1952), an oil on canvas that measures 43
1/2 by 59 1/4 inches. It was painted in 1937. It
was exhibited in the Carles
retrospective exhibition held at the National Academy of Design in New
York and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington in 1983-4. It has a modest estimate of
$200,000 to $300,0000. It sold for $221,000.
Lot 25 is a small but very
strong landscape by Marsden Hartley (1877-1943). An oil on
canvas that is entitled "New Mexico," it measures16 by 24 inches and
was painted in 1919. It has an estimate of $500,000 to
sold for $581,000.
Lot 28, "The
Fisherman," by Max Weber, gouache on canvas, 23 1/8 by 17 inches, 1919
28 is a handsome gouache on canvas by Max Weber(1881-1961) entitled
"The Fisherman" which includes four fish. It measures 23 1/8
by 17 inches and was painted in 1919. It once belonged to the
Babcock Galleries in New York and was shown at the National Gallery of
Art in Washington in 2012. It has an estimate of $1,000,000
to $1,500,000. It
sold for $1,025,000.
"Still Life No. 1," by Preston Dickinson, oil on canvas, 24 by 20
inches, circa 1924
29 is a fine oil on canvas by Preston Dickinson (1891-1930) entitled
"Still Life No. 1." It measures 24 by 20 inches and was
painted circa 1924. Like Lot 23, it was once in The Regis
Collection in Minneapolis and has been widely exhibited and published.
It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000. It sold for $665,000.
"Tired," by William Merritt Chase," oil on panel, 12 7/8 by 9 5/8
inches, circa 1894
The auction's most ravishing
and painterly work is Lot 40, "Tired," an oil on panel entitled
"Tired." It measures 12 7/8 by 9 5/8 inches and was painted
circa 1894. It was once in the Manooghian Collection. It
depict's the artist's eldest daughter, Alice Dieudonnée, who was known
of Lot 40
The catalogue notes that the
artist began to refer to "Cosy" as his "Little Red Note," referring to
her role of providing the spot of red Chase believed to be critical to
the success of his compositions. "Because of this, she
purported always wore something red in the event her rather
asked her to pose on short notice.
"Alice Dieudonnée Chase, Shinnecock Hills," by William Merritt Chase,
oil on canvas, 22 by 18 inches, circa 1902
The catalogue also states that she was 7 or 8 in this painting,
although she looks a lot more mature.
It has a modest estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000. It sold for $1,805,000.
larger and not as lively portrait of Alice by Chase is Lot 47, an oil
on canvas painted circa 1902. An oil on canvas, it measures
22 by 18 inches. It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. It was passed at
Lot 39, "Tete
d'enfant au chapeau rouge," by Mary Cassatt, pastel on paper, 15 3/4 by
13 1/4 inches, 1903
Lot 39 is a very lovely pasel
on paper of a child with a red hat by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926).
It measures 15 3/4 by 13 1/4 inches and was painted in 1903.
of Lot 39
It has a modest estimate of
$200,000 to $300,000.
It sold for $365,000.
12, "Red Carnations and Delft (Red Carnations)," by Emil Carlsen, oil
on canvas, 24 5/8 by 18 5/8 inches, 1875
Lot 12 is a superb and
luscious oil on canvas by Emil Carlsen (1853-1932). Entitled
"Red Carnations and Delft," it measures 24 5/8 by 18 5/8 inches and was
painted in 1875. It has an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000.
It sold for
Lot 44, "The
Study No. 122," by Thomas Wilmer Dewing, pastel and charcoal on board,
14 3/8 by 11 1/4 inches, circa 1922
44 is a nice pastel and charcoal on board by Thomas Wilmer Dewing
(1851-1938) entitled "The Study No. 122." It measures 14 3/8
by 11 1/4 inches and was painted circa 1922. It has an
estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It
sold for $47,500.
"Region White Mountains, Autumn, New Hampshire," by John Marin, oil on
canvas, 22 by 28 inches, 1940
Marin (1870-1953) was like O'Keeffe and early and very important
American modernist. Lot 13, "Region White Mountains, Autumn,
New Hampshire" is an unusually colored oil on canvas by him that
measures 22 by 28 inches and was painted in 1940. Most of his
works have a sketchy air about them that normally does not seem to fill
the canvas whereas this example has none of his verve and dashing
brushwork but is very energetic and dynamic. It has a modest
estimate of $80,000 to $100,000. It
sold for $100,000.