American Art: At Auction September 17, 2020

Lot 205: Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, Happy Days, oil on masonite, 1961. $50,000 to $80,000.

Previewing By Appointment Only Through Wednesday, September 16

Our season begins with our annual American Art auction, including a robust selection of paintings, watercolors and drawings by premier artists of the late-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. Among top lots are watercolors by Childe Hassam, including signature Impressionist scenes from Celia Thaxter’s summer house at Appledore and the Isle of Shoals; a charming oil by Anna Mary Robertson Moses, also known as Grandma Moses, completed at 101 years of age; an important figurative drawing by Marsden Hartley; and luminous seascapes by Alfred T. Bricher. The auction encompasses the visions of Hudson River School, Impressionism, Regionalism, Social Realism and early Modernism with further works by Charles Burchfield, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Severin Roesen and Joseph Stella.

Nineteenth-Century Paintings & Drawings

Lot 9: Alfred Thompson Bricher, Low Tide, South Head, Grand Manan Island, oil on canvas, circa 1880. $20,000 to $30,000.
Lot 15: Severin Roesen, Still Life with Fruit, oil on wood panel, circa 1850-55. $15,000 to $20,000.


Lot 19: John Appleton Brown, Celia Thaxter’s Garden and View of the Sea, Appledore, Isle of Shoals, color pastels, circa 1890. $7,000 to $10,000.
Lot 21: Childe Hassam, A Shady Spot (Appledore, Isle of Shoals), watercolor, 1892. $80,000 to $120,000.
Lot 38: Alice Mary (Beach) Winter, View of Gloucester, oil on canvas, circa 1915. $5,000 to $8,000.

Early Modernism

Lot 66: Charles Burchfield, Untitled (Harmony in Nature), gouache, circa 1915-16. $7,000 to $10,000.
Lot 110: Nils Gren, The Cloud, oil on board, 1931. $3,000 to $5,000.
Lot 91: Marsden Hartley, Seated Male Nude, color crayons and pastel, 1922-23. $30,000 to $50,000.

Figure Painting & Magical Realism

Lot 122: Fidelma Cadmus, Street Scene, New York, pencil, circa 1935-40. $2,000 to $3,000.
Lot 125: Paul Cadmus, Seated Male Model, color crayons, circa 1960. $2,000 to $3,000.

New York Artists & Social Realism

Lot 139: Reginald Marsh, The Waterfront, New York, oil on canvas, 1943. $15,000 to $20,000.
Lot 142: August Mosca, The Red Tank, oil on canvas, 1935. $5,000 to $8,000.

Realism, Portraiture & Scene Painting

Lot 168: Adolph Gottlieb, Untitled (Interior with a Table), oil on canvas, circa 1940. $7,000 to $10,000.
Lot 196: William Gropper, The Tailor, oil on canvas, circa 1935. $5,000 to $8,000.

Industrial & Abstract

Lot 215: Blanche Lazzell, Watercolor No. 3, watercolor and gouache, 1946. $5,000 to $8,000.
Lot 213: Esphyr Slobodinka, Toys in the Attic, gouache and pencil, 1938. $5,000 to $8,000.

Modernism & Mid-Century Realism

Lot 263: Wolf Kahn, The Merced, Looking Upriver, Yosemite, color pastels, 1993. $3,000 to $5,000.

What You Need to Know for Auction Day

This auction will be held live and conducted remotely by Swann auctioneers taking bids from multiple platforms. While there will not be bidding in the room, we will be accepting order bids, and interested buyers will be able to participate live online via the Swann Galleries App. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play, and it can also be accessed on a desktop at

Please note: limited phone bidding will be available for this auction. Phone bidding registrations will close the day before the sale at 4pm.

At this time, our exhibition and auction location at 104 East 25th Street is closed to the public. Private viewings are available by appointment only, and must be arranged in advance. To make an appointment please contact our Exhibitions Coordinator Leah Fletcher,

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Specialist for the Sale

Todd Weyman

Director, American Art

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