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1909 Landscape by Edward Steichen Achieves $161,000 at Doyle New York's Auction of American Art

Tue, Nov 05, 2013 at 11am EST |
New York
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Works by American Artists Comprised Lots 151-231 in the November 5, 2013 Auction

  • Works by American Artists Comprised Lots 151-231 in the November 5, 2013 Auction
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Doyle New York’s auction of American Art on November 5, 2013 offered important paintings and sculpture by American artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Subjects include landscapes, still lifes, marine paintings, genre scenes and portraits representing a variety of schools, including Western art, American Impressionism, the regionalist schools of California and New Hope, as well as works by expatriate American artists and early modernists.

Highlighting the sale was a 1909 landscape by Edward (Eduard) Jean Steichen (American, 1879-1973) titled Autumnal Afternoon - The Poplars, Voulangis. Strong competition sent the bidding on the work far beyond its estimate of $30,000-50,000 to achieve $161,000. Formerly in the collection of Agnes and Eugene Meyer, publishers of The Washington Post and parents of Katharine Graham, the painting had descended in the family to the consignor.

This radiant landscape was created in 1909, at a pivotal moment in Steichen's career.  Known to this point primarily for tonal landscapes that related closely to his Photo-secessionist photographs, Steichen had just begun to explore a more vibrant palette, and had leased a home in Voulangis, in the Ile de France, known as the Villa l'Oiseau Bleu, the prior year. Depicting a stand of attenuated trees, their leaves brilliant with autumnal hues, Autumnal Afternoon - The Poplars, Voulangis differs from his earlier nocturnal landscapes.

Also exceeding expectations was George Wesley Bellows’ (American, 1882-1925) 1922 view of Mountain Farm that fetched $112,500 against an estimate of $60,000-80,000. The work is a classic depiction of Woodstock for which the artist was known. Painted close to the end of his tragically shortened life, it is an excellent example of Bellows’ modernist use of warm colors.

John Henry Twachtman (American, 1853-1902) was represented by several works in the sale, including the late 1890s colorful work, Waterfall, Greenwich, which more than doubled its estimate of $30,000-50,000, selling for $106,250. Twachtman's depictions of Horseneck Falls, in the backyard of his property in Greenwich, Connecticut, became increasingly abstract in the late 1890s. In this work, he wove the falls and their surroundings into a composition that flows inward and outward from the picture plane. 

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