Sunday, May 7, 2017

American Art Sale, 24 May 2017 at Bonhams


Works by Marsden Hartley, Henry F Farny and Robert Henri lead the American Art Sale, 24 May 2017 at Bonhams New York.  



 Landscape No. 39 (Little River, New Hampshire) by Marsden Hartley, estimated at US$ (400,000-600,000), appears at auction after 42 years in a private collection. Hartley's colorist work is one of approximately 26 paintings the artist produced during the summer and fall of 1930. Landscape No. 39 captures the long-anticipated changing of the seasons in the region surrounding Franconia, New Hampshire.

Henry F Farny's Cheyenne Scout, estimated at US$ 150,000-250,000, also appears on the market for the first time, having remained with the same family since the first half of the 20th century. The painting depicts an indigenous American scout, standing alongside a glossy, chestnut horse, with two riders in the background. The landscape is precise and detailed, rendered in soft, cool, pastel hues. 

Other higlights include: 


Hide and Seek (Study for Dryad) 



and Nude, 


estimated at US$ 300,000-500,000 and US$ 250,000-350,000 respectively by Andrew Wyeth. This year is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Wyeth's birth, and a major retrospective of his work opening at the Farnsworth, Maine, is travelling across the United States.

• Robert Henri's Portrait of Miss Mildred Sheridan, estimated at US$ 150,000-250,000, has never-before been seen outside of Ireland. The sitter, then 16-year-old Mildred Sheridan, is presented in typical three-quarter format.