By Carter B. Horsley
auction of American Paintings at Sotheby's May 19, 2010 is highlighted
by many superb paintings include a great, large painting of a girl by
George Luks, a very beautiful pastel of a young lady by Maurice Brazil
Prendergast, a fabulous watercolor of a women in a veil in a gondola by
John Singer Sargent, a very good Marsden Hartley, a memorable
watercolor by Oscar Bluemner, a great hummingbird and orchid picture by
Martin J. Heade and a good Winslow Homer.
22 is the superb "Lily Williams," an oil on canvas that measures 45 by
39 1/2 inches by George Luks (1867-1933). It has an estimate of
$1,200,000 to $1,800,000 and it sold for $1,874,500 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.
Lot 75, "Sunset, Boston," by Maurice Brazil Prendergast, pastel on paper, 20 by 11 inches, circa 1895-6
75 is a great and exquisite pastel by Maurice Brazil Prendergast
(1858-1924) entitled "Sunset, Boston." It measures 20 by 11 inches and
was executed circa 1895-6. It shows a very beautiful woman in a white
dress and in the background the skyline of a city beneath an orange
sun. It was illustrated in American Paintings XXI published in 2005 by
Berry-Hill Galleries. It has a very modest estimate of $125,000 to
$175,000. It sold for $152,500.
Lot 24, "In a Gondola (Jane de Glehn)," by John Singer Sargent, watercolor onpaper, 18 by 12 inches, 1904
24 is an extremely beautiful watercolor of a lovely woman (Jane Emmet
de Glehn) in a white veil in a gondola by John Singer Sargent
(1856-1925). It measures 18 by 12 inches and was executed in
1904. It has been widely exhibited and published. The woman
was the niece of architect Stanford White and a relative of Henry James
and was on her honeymoon. She was also an artist who had studied
with William Merritt Chase and Frederick MacMonnies. Her
husband,Wilfred de Glehn was a long-time friend of Sargent and a
musician and he and his wife appear in several Sargent works. The
work is from the collection of Carolyn and Roger Horchow of Dallas.
It has a modest estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000. It failed to sell!
Lot 9 is a very strong and beautiful small abstraction by
Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) that is the cover illustration of the
auction catalogue. Entitled "Berlin Series No. 1," it is an oil
on canvasboard that measures 18 by 15 inches and is dated circa 1913.
It was formerly in the collections of Alfred Stieglitz of New
York and Georgia O'Keeffe of Abiquiu, New Mexico. It is property
of the collection of Carolyn and Roger Horchow of Dallas.
Although he became a member of Alfred Stieglitz circle of artists
in 1909, it was not until he traveled to Europe a few years later that
he began to produce his greatest works that are an amalgram of
primitive American Indian symbolism and German military insignia.
The catalogue notes that is is one of the earliest such works.
It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000. It sold for $1,762,500.
Lot 32, "Black Petunia and White Morning Glory I," by Georgia O"Keeffe, oil on canvas, 30 by 36 inches, 1926