American Art: Featuring Works From the Estate of Will Barnet — September 21, 2023 Auction Highlights

William Morris Hunt, Foggy Morning at Magnolia, oil on canvas, 1877. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.

Our annual American Art sale leads off the Fall auction season at Swann with a panorama of works in all media, including paintings, sculpture, watercolors and drawings, spanning the nineteenth- and twentieth- centuries. The auction will include key works by significant nineteenth- century artists such as William Morris Hunt, John La Farge and Edmund Darch Lewis, including a stunning oil on canvas Cuban landscape by the latter.  

Turn-of-the-century paintings include ethereal, brilliantly-colored works by Dawson Dawson-Watson and Edward Steichen, both coming to auction for the first time.

Edward Steichen, Child Seated in a Garden, oil on canvas, 1905. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.
Dawson Dawson-Watson, The Idle Days of Summer, oil on canvas triptych, 1909. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

There are numerous dynamic works by early twentieth- century American modernists, including Edward Hopper, Abraham Walkowitz, Oscar Bluemner, Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, Joseph Stella, Walt Kuhn, William Zorach, Blanche Lazzell, Charles Burchfield, Jane Peterson, John Marin and many others.

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Mid-century artists round out the auction, including works by Louise Nevelson, George L. K. Morris, Hans Hofmann, Raphael Soyer, David Burliuk, Philip Evergood, Max Weber, Milton Avery and Nell Blaine.

Gloria Vanderbilt, The Doll House, acrylic on canvas, 1965. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

The sale concludes with a captivating, single-owner collection of more than thirty works by Will Barnet, anchored by several large-scale studies for significant paintings accompanied by numerous works on paper, covering more than four decades of his prolific and highly creative career.

Will Barnet, Study for “Summer Idyll,” oil, pen & ink, 1975. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
Will Barnet, Woman and Cats, pencil & charcoal, 1962. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.

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