NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams
celebrates American Art Week this November, hosting auctions for American Art, Western Art, and California Art across its US salerooms. The exciting slate of auctions features a wide array of historically significant works, from early 19th century to 21st century artists, and captures the breadth of these esteemed collecting categories. In New York, American Art is highlighted by an important 1971 painting by Ernie Barnes. While in Los Angeles, Western Art will be highlighted by an intricate New Mexico landscape by Ernest Martin Hennings, coming to auction for the first time. California Art will then feature quintessential West Coast artists including important works by Anna Althea Hills and Granville Redmond.
A masterful and dynamic painting from 1971 by Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) titled High Aspirations will lead the American Art sale on November 7 in New York. Estimated at $500,000 700,000, this work captures a moment of uninterruptable grace for the subject on the basketball court with Barnes mirroring the verticality of the leaping figure with a strikingly vertical canvas.
A selection of works from the William Dana Lippman Collection include two paintings by American watercolorist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) On Her Knees, 1975, estimated at $250,000 350,000, and White Dress, circa 1980, estimated at $150,000 250,000. On Her Knees and White Dress are exceptional examples from Wyeths Helga Pictures, a series that depicts Helga Testy Testorf, who was Wyeths primary model from 1971-1987.
The Western Art sale in Los Angeles on November 7 features the meticulously layered painting Spring Plowing by Ernest Martin Hennings (1886-1956), estimated at $200,000 300,000. With a tapestry-like quality, Hennings oil painting weaves together the daily lives of the Taos Pueblo Native Americans into the bright landscape of the New Mexico high desert.
Also featured in the sale are a large selection of Impressionist brushwork paintings, works on paper and etchings by Elling William Bill Gollings (1878-1932). Twenty-six of Golling's works hail from the capsule collection of Esther Cornell, a close friend and collector of the artist, and are led by the painting Autumn, estimated at $40,000 60,000. Born in a mining camp in the Idaho Territory, Gollings is celebrated for his first-hand, narrative paintings of cowboy culture and sensitive depictions of Indigenous people of the American West.
The artist Anna Althea Hills (1882-1930) painted the Southern California community of Laguna Beach for almost two decades and her preeminent work, The Spell of the Sea, leads the California Art sale in Los Angeles on November 8. Estimated at $100,000 150,000, the painting beautifully depicts an intimate cove and rocky shore, defining characteristics of coastal Laguna Beach.
Californias dramatic landscapes are further highlighted in works by Granville Redmond (1871-1935). Oaks and Wildflowers, estimated at $40,000 60,000, and California Wildflowers, estimated at $20,000 30,000, depict the countryside in fireworks of vivid colors.