Monday, May 20, 2013

Three Generations of Wyeth courtesy Christie’s

Christie’s is presenting an ambitious Spring sale of American Art that features modern masters Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper and Milton Avery among others. The event will include works of art from several prominent private collections like ‘Three Generations of Wyeth: The Collection of Eric & Cynthia Sambol’, comprised of a group of 13 pieces by Jamie Wyeth and N.C., Andrew plus select offerings from the Andy Williams collection.

Comprised of about a dozen works of art by N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth, it includes important works spread over three generations of what’s considered among the most remarkable art family dynasties of their times in America. Six works by Andrew are on offer in the Sambols’ collection. ‘Rocky Hill’ (estimate: $1,800,000-2,400,000) well embodies all the hallmarks, which have made him a popular and enduring figures in the annals of American Art.

He mostly worked in series, devoting himself to specific locations and the subject matter, thereby letting him lend genuine sincerity to his style sans sentimentality. ‘Rocky Hill’ revolves around Nell, his faithful dog. Wyeth often revisited the pet as a subject. The piece apart from embodying a feel of loneliness pays tribute to the gradual passage of time and also the places and people that inhabit his daily life in Pennsylvania and Maine.

Works from the collection of Andy Williams that are there in the sale include a couple of important Milton Avery paintings, ‘The Musicians’ (estimate: $400,000-600,000) and ‘Pale Flower’ (estimate: $250,000-350,000) denote Avery's ability of modernizing a familiar domestic scene with his very carefully done orchestrated arrangement of both color and pattern. His knack of translating the subjects into a unique lexicon of forms and shapes that jell to build a cohesive composition is evident.

The sale will offer a wide array of Impressionist artworks, including ‘In a French Garden (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000) by Childe Hassam that demonstrates his abilities at the peak of his career. ‘The Palm’ is among the sale’s other key Impressionist highlights.

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