Norman Rockwell, Milton Avery and N.C. Wyeth led the $43.3 million Sotheby’s American Art sale on 23 May. All 11 Rockwells offered in the sale found buyers, with Rockwell’s Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel and Toe leading the sale at $8.1 million. N.C. Wyeth's delightful Portrait of a Farmer set a new record for the famed illustrator, fetching nearly $6 million. The auction saw 9 paintings exceed the million-dollar mark, including Milton Avery’s pivotal The Seamstress at $2.2 million. Following the auction, seminal American artist Frederic Edwin Church's masterpiece, Valley of Santa Isabel, New Granada, was acquired privately by The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Click ahead to see the top lots from the sale. View full auction results.
From Norman Rockwell’s wholesome vision of America to Ludwig Bemelmans’s adventure-filled Paris of a schoolgirl named Madeline, the pictured worlds created by the 20th century's great illustrators remain indelible within the American cultural imagination. Sotheby’s upcoming American Art sale (23 May, New York) features a remarkable array of works by influential illustrators, with highlights including N.C. Wyeth’s playful Portrait of a Farmer (Pennsylvania Farmer) and Rockwell’s Boy Playing Flute Surrounded by Animals (Springtime). Click ahead to see more remarkable illustrations. American Art 23 May | New York
In this 60-Second Gallery, discover the Taos Art Colony through four outstanding works by Joseph Henry Sharp, Nicolai Fechin, Leon Gaspard, and Eanger Irving Couse. These artists paired an impressionistic style with the color palette of the desert West to exemplify the solemn beauty of Native American models. These brilliant works and more examples of distinctly American art will be offered in our American Art auction on 23 May in New York.
LEFT: EDWARD HOPPER, STUDY FOR 'SUMMER EVENING'.’ ESTIMATE $200,000–300,000 IN AMERICAN ART AUCTION (23 MAY, NEW YORK). RIGHT: EDWARD HOPPER, SUMMER EVENING, 1947, FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION. © HEIRS OF JOSEPHINE HOPPER / LICENSED BY VAGA, NEW YORK, NY.
Throughout the years, actor Patrick Duffy and his late wife, Carlyn, assembled a first-rate collection of American art that brought joy and beauty to their ranch home in Jackson County, Oregon. A testament to the couple’s shared vision, the Collection of Carlyn & Patrick Duffy includes exceptional works by pioneers of American Modernism including Milton Avery and Charles Burchfield, as well as an exceptional example of Andrew Wyeth’s work in drybrush. A selection of these outstanding works will be offered in the upcoming auction American Art (23 May, New York). Click ahead to see highlights. American Art 23 May | New York
In this 60-Second Gallery, explore 'Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel and Toe’, Norman Rockwell's depiction of an intense horseshoe-making contest in which a seasoned blacksmith competes against a much younger rival. To create this complex work, Rockwell photographed each of the 23 individuals depicted and directed his models to expressively communicate the excitement they would feel if actually a witness to this event. 'Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel and Toe', sold to benefit the Berkshire Museum, will be offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s American Art Auction on 23 May in New York.
Frederic Edwin Church’s wanderlust pulled him to far-flung destinations around the globe from the Arctic to the Middle East, across the US and the Caribbean. Of the many paintings based on his travels, it is Church’s breathtaking images of South America for which he is best remembered. His 1875 Valley Of Santa Isabel, New Granada, featured in the upcoming American Art auction (23 May, New York), perfectly encapsulates the artist’s unique vision of the southern continent. Click ahead to see the individual elements Church synthesized to create this tropical masterpiece. American Art 23 May | New York
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