Pssst! The auction catalog for the 13th Annual Woodstock Fine Art Auction is now online! You know what they say about the early bird getting the worm.. and this year’s auction offers a rare opportunity to purchase original artwork created by an array of esteemed artists including Auguste Renoir, Alice Neel, Antoine-Louis Bayre, Robert Motherwell, Philip Guston, Franz Kline and many more.
Bidders at the 13th annual auction to benefit the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) will find many surprises in the mosaic of diverse artwork to be offered at this year’s sale, slated for Saturday, October 17th at WAAM’s gallery in the heart of Woodstock.
Several depictions of the human form will be offered in the sale. Auctioneer James Cox described a lush oil of a seated nude by Emil Ganso as “one of the finest” paintings he’s seen by this renowned Woodstock artist. An elegant line drawing of a standing nude by John Flannagan and a pen and blue ink piece by Milton Avery, as well as portraits by Eugene Speicher, Sigmund Menkes and Alice Neel are among other important figurative pieces in the auction. The Alice Neel is an especially unique early piece by this mid-century portraitist.
An intriguing John Fenton oil of six figures aboard a small boat illustrates human diversity in Fenton’s distinctly eccentricstyle. The painting’s vibrant palette combine with the artist’s unique world view to make this an exceptional example of “Fenton at his best.”
Other important mid-century modernists featured in the auction include Rolph Scarlett, Lucile Blanch, Remo Farruggio, Elaine Wesley, Arnold Blanch, Rosario Moreno and Ethel Magafan. Two oils by Scarlett’s student, Manette van Hamel, are being offered for the first time at any auction venue. Cox described these large abstract oils as powerful examples of the resurging mid-century genre. He also highlighted one of the more unique pieces from this period, a handwoven tapestry by another Woodstock artist, designer and muralist Anton Refregier.
“Landscapes always enjoy strong representation in these auctions,” according to WAAM Gallery Director Carl Van Brunt. “This year is no exception.” Plein air paintings by Woodstock artists John F. Carlson, Walter Koeniger, and Charles Rosen are among work by 20th-century landscape painters in the sale. Cox pointed out that he is especially enthused to be able to offer an exquisitely detailed winter scene of a Woodstock farm by Carl Wuermer. “This is the first time we have been able to offer a painting by Wuermer in our fall auction,” Cox added.
Jehudith Sobel is another expressionist landscape painter who is popular among those participating in WAAM’s benefit auction. Two fine oils by this Polish-born artist round out the exceptional group of landscapes to be featured.
Among the 233 lots in the October 17th sale are a group of works by important European artists including Auguste Renoir, Seymour Haden (Whistler’s brother-in-law), Marcel Vertes, Eugene Fromentin, Jacques Villon, Louis Icart and sculptor Antoine-Louis Bayre.
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