Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Grant Wood and Winslow Homer Now on View

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Names that are synonymous with American painting headline the upcoming American Art and Contemporary Art Evening auctions. Masters of their craft who tower over the history of art like Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Grant Wood and Winslow Homer are now on exhibition in New York in advance of their sale on 14 & 16 November.

Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Grant Wood and Winslow Homer Now on View

  • Edward Hopper, Two Comedians, 1966. Estimate $12,000,000–18,000,000.
    In Two Comedians Hopper presents himself and his wife, Jo, onstage, about to take their final bow, before turning to walk into the unknown. Given his lifelong fascination with the theater and film, it is appropriate that Hopper has chosen the stage as the subject of his final work.
  • Georgia O'Keeffe, Calla Lilies on Red, 1928. Estimate $8,000,000–12,000,000.
    O’Keeffe painted Calla Lilies on Red in 1928, five years after the distinctive flower first captured her attention. She would ultimately depict the calla lily six times that year, revisiting the blossom on each occasion with a new viewpoint or altered perspective. O’Keeffe’s fondness for serial imagery was partly ingrained in her by one of her early instructors, Arthur Wesley Dow, who used this method to emphasize the importance of unique ways of seeing.
  • Norman Rockwell, Tired Salesgirl on Christmas Eve, 1947. Estimate $5,000,000–7,000,000.
    Rockwell painted the present work for the December 27, 1947 cover of The Post. Here the artist depicts a department store employee on Christmas Eve, rendered utterly exhausted by the relentless onslaught of customers seeking last minute gifts. Slumped over against the wall, her shoes slipped off and forgotten among the few leftover toys and remnants of wrapping paper strewn about the floor, she has just finished what was clearly a long, strenuous and chaotic shift.
  • Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, Western Emigrant Train Bound for California Across the Plains, Alarmed by Approach of Hostile Indians (Indians Attacking a Wagon Train), 1863. Estimate $2,500,000–3,500,000.
    Indians Attacking a Wagon Train presents a strikingly dynamic vision of the American frontier that underscores the romantic sense of adventure with which many conceived of it. Here Leutze depicts a party of pioneers just alerted to an impending attack of Native American warriors. Leutze does not explicitly render the confrontation; rather, he only suggests it, heightening the narrative element and dramatic tension of the scene.
  • Georgia O'Keeffe, Cottonwood Tree in Spring, 1943. Estimate $1,500,000–2,500,000.
    In the early 1940s, Georgia O’Keeffe began painting the cottonwood trees that grew in the river basin below the mesas near her home in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Works from this series, which was primarily formed between 1943 and 1945, reveal the profound inspiration O’Keeffe gleaned from the American Southwest. The sublime beauty of the landscape, so different from anything she had previously encountered, provided a free range for her imagination and she would continue to investigate its imagery for the remainder of her life.
  • Grant Wood, Portrait of Nan, 1931. Estimate $1,500,000–2,500,000.
    Portrait of Nan is without question the most personal work of the artist’s distinguished oeuvre. Wood’s sister Nan served as the highly criticized female model in American Gothic and his return to her as subject in the present work was aimed at making amends for the harsh words inadvertently levelled at her by viewers and critics.
  • Winslow Homer, The Life Brigade, 1883. Estimate $1,500,000–2,500,000.
    The Life Brigade displays the new handling and consideration of the watercolor medium that Homer adopted while living abroad in this depiction of a group of fishermen huddled together in the midst of a fierce storm. Looking out to sea on the cliffs at Tynemouth, the motley crew dressed in mismatched oilskins is met with ferocious wind, waves and salty spray crashing at the breakers before them.
  • Thomas Moran, The Last Arrow, 1867. Estimate $1,200,000–1,800,000.
    Set in the Adirondacks of northern New York, The Last Arrow depicts an event from the history of seventeenth-century Canada – the abduction of the Marquis de Frontenac’s adopted daughter and her subsequent rescue. While the splendor of nature is undoubtedly the focal point, the presence of several human figures is unusual for Moran’s work. From the early years of his career, Moran was inspired by the landscape untouched by man and sought inspiration from not only his immediate surroundings, but also from historical sources and literature.
  • Norman Rockwell, Boy Hiding Under Couch Sneezing (The Sneezing Spy), 1921. Estimate $1,000,000–1,500,000.
    Appearing on the cover of The Post in October 1921, Sneezing Spy reflects the central role that the theme of young romance played in Rockwell’s body of work. The young couple the artist depicts here appeared in several of his illustrations from the 1920s, allowing the audience to follow the progression of their courtship. In the present picture Rockwell employs his characteristic sympathetic humor to illustrate a moment when the lovers are suddenly disturbed by a younger brother who has been hiding beneath the couch.
  • Horace Pippin, Holy Mountain, I, 1944. Estimate $1,000,000–1,500,000.
    A self-taught painter from West Chester, Pennsylvania, Horace Pippin began producing art at age thirty-seven and became one of the foremost African American artists of the 20th century, celebrated for his singular aesthetic and distinctive vision of American life. Throughout his career Pippin was less concerned with faithfully portraying his subjects and more focused on capturing a specific vision. He utilized the dynamic power and structural function of color to convey emotion, relying on subjects both conjured from memory and drawn from the world around him.

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