10 Under $10,000 from the Wilkes University Collection

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Beginning 14 February, collectors have their pick of American 19th and 20th century cityscapes, landscapes and still lifes by celebrated artists under $10,000. The online auction American Art: Paintings and Sculpture from the Wilkes University Collection features works by well-known American artists, John Sloan, Jasper Francis Cropsey, John Graham, Louis Aston Knight and Bertram Hartman, bringing affordable artworks to your fingertips.

American Art: Paintings and Sculpture from the Wilkes University Collection
Online | 14–28 February

10 Under $10,000 from the Wilkes University Collection

  • Jasper Francis Cropsey, The Birthplace of Milton Courtwright, Esq., Wyoming Valley, Estimate $1,000–1,500.
    This work is a preliminary sketch for 'Haying (The Old Homestead--Wyoming Valley)', which is in the permanent Collection of Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee.  Two other sketches created a day prior of the same subject are at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

  • Carl Sprinchorn, The Blizzard, Estimate $2,000–3,000.
    Carl Sprinchorn developed friendships with two important artists early in his career, Robert Henri and Marsden Hartley. Shortly after immigrating to the US from Sweden in 1903, Sprinchorn enrolled at the New York School of Art and flourished Henri’s tutelage. After leaving the school in 1911, he and his mentor remained close for the rest of Henri's life. Sprinchorn began his friendship with Hartley in 1916 and first visited Maine with him in 1919. Following this trip, Sprinchorn often returned to Maine to paint the lumberjacks and hunters in the woods, much like Hartley did with the fishermen of the Maine coast.

  • John Graham, Untitled (Bull Fight). Estimate $2,000–4,000.
    As both artist and author, John Graham was a figure of immense influence in mid-century American modernism, particularly Abstract Expressionism. Throughout his career, Graham explored a variety of styles, often alternating between Abstraction and Realism.

  • Emil Carlsen, Blue and White. Estimate $3,000–5,000.
    "Still life painting must be of a well understood simplicity, solid, strong, vital, unnecessary details neglected, salient points embellished, made the most of, every touch full of meaning and for the love of beauty." -Emil Carlsen, 1908

  • John Sloan, Path by the Willows (Dolly). Estimate $7,000–10,000.
    From 1914-1918, John Sloan and his wife Dolly spent their summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts. While in Gloucester, he frequently painted the landscapes and people near the small cottage they rented on Main Street annually.

  • Bertram Hartman, The Razing of No. 1 Wall Street. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    This work depicts the destruction of The Manhattan Life Insurance Building to make way for the construction of One Wall Street (originally the Irving Trust Company Building). Construction of the building began in August of 1929, just a few months before the Wall Street Crash on October 24th.

  • Helen Farr Sloan, Snow Scene. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    Under the influence of her teachers, John Sloan and Robert Henri, at the Art Students League in the 1920s, Helen Sloan found her subjects in daily life. Her paintings and prints record the lives of everyday people in the cafes and on the subways of New York City.

  • Antonio Pietro Martino, Creek Addingham. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    Following in the footsteps of Edward Redfield and Walter Schofield, Antonio Martino's work continued the plein-air landscape painting tradition of the New Hope School in his views of the Pennsylvania countryside.

  • Louis Aston Knight, La Risle a la Heronniere, Normandy. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    Louis Aston Knight, best known for his landscapes of France’s Normandy region, almost never included figures in his paintings. The reason is that his father, Daniel Ridgeway Knight, was also a painter of the northern French countryside and to keep their work from looking too similar, Louis agreed to keep human subjects out of his works.

  • William Couper, Bust Of Evangeline. Estimate $3,000–5,000.
    The style of this work reflects his training in the Victorian and Edwardian traditions in Europe, alongside many of the most esteemed American artists of his time, including Hiram Powers, Daniel Chester French, and Frank Duveneck.

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