The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell & Andrew Heiskell Collection

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle is honored to present The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection as a highlight of the Fall auction season.

Marian Effie Sulzberger was born in 1918 in Manhattan, the daughter of Arthur Hays Sulzberger and the former Iphigene Ochs, whose father, Adolph S. Ochs, purchased The New York Times in 1896. For 34 years, Marian worked as a Director of The Times, where her grandfather, father, husband, brother, nephew and grand-nephew served as successive publishers. Her work at the newspaper focused on educational projects.

A civic leader and philanthropist, Marian championed outdoor community spaces across the city. In 1970, Marian joined forces with New York City Mayor, John Lindsay, to establish the Council on the Environment, which created community-run parks, playgrounds and gardens, organized farmers markets, introduced environmental education in schools and pioneered wastepaper recycling programs. She was instrumental in the 1972 campaign to create the Gateway National Recreation Area, a 26,000-acre park with scattered beaches and wildlife refuges around the entrance to the New York-New Jersey harbor. As chair of the nonprofit organization New 42nd Street, Inc., she launched the 1990 revitalization of the New Amsterdam, the Victory and other landmark theaters.

In 1965, Marian married Andrew Heiskell, the chairman of Time, Inc.

Born in 1915 in Naples to American expatriate parents, Andrew had a peripatetic childhood, traveling between luxurious hotels throughout Europe with his mother and sister. He attended school in Lausanne and Paris, and in 1935 came to the United States. Following a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Business, he entered publishing. At 22, he was hired by Life magazine, initially editing articles in science and medicine, then focusing on business, and at 30, he was named the magazine’s publisher. In 1960, he became chairman of Time, Inc., remaining so until his retirement in 1980. During his tenure, he presided over the conglomerate’s growth in publishing, introducing such magazines as Money and People, and oversaw its expansion into wood pulp and paper production, film, cable television and data marketing.

Like his wife, Andrew was a passionate philanthropist. Among his civic projects were the successful campaign to rescue the New York Public Library and transform Bryant Park. He also helped to secure funding for low-cost housing in the South Bronx and the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection

Auction November 6 / Exhibition November 2 - 5

An excellent group of works culled from The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection are featured in the two-session Important Paintings sale on Wednesday, November 6th. Impressionist & Modern Art (beginning at 11am) will include works by Frederick Carl Frieseke, Auguste Rodin and Pierre Eugene Montezin. The 2pm session of Postwar & Contemporary Art will feature works by Helen Frankenthaler and Arnaldo Pomodoro.

Frederick Carl Frieseke (American, 1874-1939) trained at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Arts Students League in New York, and with James Abbott McNeill Whistler at the Academie Carmen.   One can see the influences of Whistler in Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Sarah  Frieseke, circa 1905 (lot 1016).  The clever composition draws the viewer into the work as our own gaze mimics that of the painting’s subject.

Frieseke was a member of the third wave of American artists to work in Giverny. One of the properties that he rented in Giverny was next door to Claude Monet and it had once been occupied by Theodore Robinson. Spring Blossoms, circa 1921 (lot 1015) was probably completed at Le Mesnil-sur-Blangy after he had left the region, but the influences of these great Impressionists can be seen in the dappled pinks and whites of the blossoms. 

Pierre Eugene Montezin was part of a second wave of artists painting in the Impressionist style, strongly influenced by Monet’s themes and brushwork. Montezin achieved success in his lifetime for his vivid and colorful paintings. Les Joutes a Saint-Mammes (lot 1030) depicts Saint-Mammes, a commune roughly 37 miles southeast of Paris, situated on the Seine and Loing river confluence. Every Sunday, from May to September, there is river jousting, typical of the city, which is keen to preserve the folklore of the region. This work shows the crowds, reflections in the water, and the two protagonists, one in red and the other with blue sashes, which lends itself to perfection to the Impressionistic brushwork and luminous color of the artist.

In 1953, on the encouragement of art critic Clement Greenberg, Kenneth Noland and Morris Louis made their way from Washington DC where they both had studios to New York city to see the works of Helen Frankenthaler. Frankenthaler, like most artists of her generation, was following the well-beaten path of the Action Painters. But Frankenthaler did not stop at imitation, rather she was an innovator. Using newly developed acrylic paints, she thinned and saturated raw canvas with these pigments resulting in rich translucent fields of color. Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland were invigorated by what they saw, and the trajectory of both men’s careers altered. The power of Frankenthaler’s work has altered the perceptions of viewers globally. The three featured works from the Heiskell Collection (lots 2020, 2021, 2022), though intimate, hold the same strength of composition and depth that we see in Helen Frankenthaler’s monumental canvases.

The visual language of Arnaldo Pomodoro is recognized by a large audience. Pomodoro sculpture of monumental scale graces the grounds of the Vatican, UNESCO headquarters, and The United Nations to name only a few. Pomodoro’s oeuvre primarily realized in bronze vary in texture and form. His surfaces are both rough and dark, contrasted by smooth and high polish. His main formats are discs, spheres, columns, cubes, and pyramids. His genius lies in the discovery of a recognizable visual limitation that contains within a lifetime of variation and discovery. We are pleased to have two tabletop scale Pomodoro sculpture in his Disc form, culled from the Heiskell Collection.

With an impressive selection of works spanning Impressionist Art though Post-War abstraction, The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection features excellent examples of many of the greatest artists throughout the 20th Century.


The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection

Property from The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection will be offered in select sales throughout the Fall season.

English & Continental Furniture & Old Master Paintings / Oct 30

Furniture, Silver, Decorations and Art.  View Lots

Impressionist & Modern Art / Nov 6

Works by Auguste Rodin, Carl Frederick Frieseke and Pierre Eugene Montezin.  View Lots

Post-War & Contemporary Art / Nov 6

Works by Helen Frankenthaler and Arnoldo Pomodoro.  View Lots

Books, Autographs & Maps / Auction Nov 12

Autograph editions by Dwight D. Eisenhower and autographs of John F. Kennedy as President and Lyndon B. Johnson as President.  View Lots

Doyle at Home / Auction Nov 26

Furniture, Decorative Arts, Silver and Artwork

Photographs / Auction Dec 11

Works by Chuck Close