Western Art and American Impressionism lead Heritage sale

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2016-10-19 15:21:22

Masterpieces of Western Art and American Impressionism will lead an upcoming art sale at Heritage Auctions.

The American Art auction in Dallas on November 12 will offer an eclectic range of styles spanning everything from illustration and Modernisn to figurative sculpture and the Hudson River School.

"We hand-curated this sale to offer the best of the best," said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art, New York.

"We worked tirelessly to source stellar artworks from private collections across the country, and anticipate collectors will be pleasantly surprised at what we've uncovered."

Amongst the leading lots is Theodore Robinson's 'Normandy Mother and Child (Marie Trognon and Baby)', painted in 1892 and described as "a museum-quality masterwork".

Theodore Robinson was one of the few American artists to form a close relationship with Claude Monet, the father of French Impressionism. He studies for years in Paris, and produced notable works which used classic French Impressionist techniques to depict Normandy peasants, a favoured subject on the American market.

The work on offer is regarded as his "tour-de-force", having been widely exhibited throughout its history, and is expected to sell for $300,000 - $500,000.

Another top lot, also valued at $300,000 - $500,000, is A Ride in Autumn, an important work from the Taoist School of Western Art by Walter Ufer.

Ufer found his inspiration painting the region's native Pueblo Indians, a subject which earned him national acclaim in the early 20th century and led him to explain:

"I paint the Indian as he is. In the garden digging--in the field working--riding among the sage--meeting his woman in the desert-angling for trout-in meditation. . . . I believe that if America gets a national art, it will come more from the Southwest. . . . We live a happy life here, with Indians daily at our table."

Further highlights will include George Inness' 1883 work Evening Glow, an important example from the Hudson River School estimated at $120,000 - $180,000; a rare lifetime castings of Frederic Remington's iconic bronze statue Broncho Buster #17, estimated at $200,000 - $300,000; an original Saturday Evening Post cover illustration by Joseph Christian Leyendecker, entitled To the Vanquished, valued at $100,000 - $150,000; and Milton Avery's 1957 Modernist work Green Meadow, estimated at $80,000 - $120,000.

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