American Art: September 22, 2022 Auction Highlights

Lot 54: Edward Potthast, The Grand Canyon, oil, circa 1910-15.  Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.

Our annual American Art sale leads off the Fall auction season at Swann with panache and a smorgasbord of offerings, from the artists of the Hudson River school, including Thomas Cole and William Bradford, to their mid-20th century counterparts and such equally arresting landscape painters as Reynolds Beal, Fairfield Porter, and Nell Blaine among many others.

This signature sale will showcase important works by American Impressionist artists including Edward Potthast, Julian Alden Weir, and John Henry Twachtman, as well as modernist works by Milton Avery, Joseph Cornell, and John Marin. Among the stand-out sculptural works is a clock made of walnut burl veneers by the American furniture artist and craftsman Wendell Castle. There is also an exquisite pencil portrait drawing of the actress Helen Hayes by the American composer and sometimes visual artist, George Gershwin.

Lot 178: Howard Cook, Morning at Hondo, watercolor, 1941. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.
Lot 163: Milton Avery, Rocky Coast, gouache, 1939.  Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.

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Other highlights of the American Art sale include a portrait by Thomas Cole, which may have served as a study for his 1842 oil painting Voyage of Life: Youth, Julian Alden Weir’s sentimental portrait of his wife, Anna, and Will Barnet’s study for his 1978 oil painting, The Old Man’s Afternoon.

Lot 241: Stanley Meltzoff, Birth of Autumn, oil, circa 1960.  Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.
Lot 243: Paul Resika, The Hill at Amity, oil, 1965.  Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.

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