Rare oil on panel by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903), titled Peasant Woman, made during Whistler’s stay in Venice, circa 1880 (est. $ 200,000- $ 300,000).
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FRANKLIN, Mass. – A rare oil on panel by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903), titled Peasant and produced during Whistler’s stay in Venice, as well as an original landscape work by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902), will be in the Woodshed Art Auctions 157-lot art auction, live and in line, scheduled for Thursday, March 7. at 5:30 p.m. EST.

The auction – officially titled From Whistler to Warhol: Oil Paintings and Master Drawings – will be held online and live in the 500 Gallery, 475 Franklin Village Drive in Franklin. People can register and bid now, at www.woodshedartauctions.com. The previews will take place at the 500 Gallery in Franklin starting Wednesday, February 27. Calls for tenders by telephone and by correspondence will be taken.

The Whistler and Bieratadt paintings are the undisputed headliners of the sale, but will also be featured a large selection of paintings by, and attributed to, artists such as Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper, Alberto Giacometti, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the graffiti artist known as Banksy, Thomas Hart Benton, John Marin, Armando Morales, Hans Hoffman, Mark Rothko and Paul Gauguin.

“Discovering works of art long forgotten by master artists has an unusual fascination for us as art historians and connoisseurs,” said Brue Wood of Woodshed Art Auctions. “They have the power to transport our minds to the moment of their creation and bear witness to the longevity of the best human creations. Being in their presence during the transition to new owners is a privilege.

from Whistler Peasant is unsigned, but comes with impeccable provenance. The piece was gifted to Mr. Ritter, an acquaintance of Whistler in Venice, by the artist in 1880. Ritter sold it to Robert Day Andrews around 1892 and Day donated it to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It was then ceded by the museum and acquired by the current owners in 1994.

What makes the piece so appealing to collectors (besides the fact that any original work by Whistler is bound to attract attention) is that it was painted in Venice, at a time when the vast majority of the The artist’s work consisted of engravings and pastels and chalk drawings. It was out of necessity, for Whistler was almost destitute. An oil painting of him from the time is very rare.

After the publication of the acclaimed book by John Riskin, Venice stones, many notable artists – including Whistler – flocked to the Italian city to capture the splendor of which Ruskin wrote. But Whistler avoided the city’s Gothic architecture that his contemporaries captured on canvas in favor of the poor areas of the city, which he called “the Venice of the Venetians.”

Original oil painting by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902), titled Twilight on Schroon Mountain, artist signed lower left, 20 ¾ inches by 26 ¾ inches framed (est. $ 20,000- $ 30,000) .
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Many of Whistler’s subjects were working women – almost always placed in their familiar local surroundings, engaged in mundane activities like doing laundry or threading beads. He sought to portray the true aesthetic nature of the city (and in doing so, he won many students). Portrait of a girl is a beautiful representation of this time. It is estimated that it will bring in $ 200,000 to $ 300,000.

The landscape oil on canvas by Albert Bierstadt, titled Twilight over Schroon Mountain, is the artist signed lower left. It measures 20 ¾ inches by 26 ¾ inches framed and carries a pre-sale estimate of $ 20,000 to $ 30,000. Bierstadt, who trained in Europe but spent most of his rich career in the United States, was one of the first American landscape painters at the Hudson River School.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) will make multiple appearances in the sale. Works attributed to the Pop Art icon will include three possible color studies for prints. They are:

  • Apple Macintosh logo, a stylized study of the famous logo, circa 1985, acrylic on paper, signed lower right and verso, 17 ¼ inches by 17 inches framed (est. $ 30,000- $ 50,000).
  • Absolu Vodka, another stylized rendering of a logo, circa 1985, mixed media on paper, signed upper left and back, 20 ¼ inches by 17 ¼ inches framed (est. $ 30,000- $ 50,000).
  • George harrison, a vibrant portrait of the late Beatle, circa 1980, mixed media on paper, signed lower right and verso, 22 ¾ inches by 17 ¾ inches framed (est. $ 30,000- $ 35,000).

Stylized study of the famous Apple Macintosh Logo attributed to Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), circa 1985, acrylic on paper, signed by the artist lower right and on verso (est. $ 30,000- $ 50,000).
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An oil on canvas attributed to Armando Morales (1927-2011), perhaps Nicaragua’s most famous artist, titled Cabeza de Mujer (Head of Woman), signed and dated (“62”) lower left, is expected to fetch $ 40,000 to $ 50,000. The 17 ½ inch by 25 ½ inch painting, in the frame, is stamped on the reverse with Galeria Central del Arte Modern. Morales is best known for his still lifes and female nudes.

An abstract oil on canvas composition attributed to Hans Hofmann (German-American, 1880–1996), signed and dated (“64”) and measuring 25 ½ inches by 21 ¼ inches framed, should change hands for $ 60,000-80,000 $); and an oil on canvas attributed to Mark Rothko (American, 1903–1970), entitled 1969 color field (brown and blue), signed and dated (“1969”) on reverse and measuring 27½ inches by 19½ inches in frame, has a pre-sale estimate of $ 40,000 to $ 60,000.

A portrait in ink and pencil on paper of a Tahitian woman attributed to Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903), unframed, titled Taaroa, 4 ¼ inches by 6 ½ inches, titled upper right and signed reverse, circa 1891, is expected to fetch $ 25,000- $ 30,000. The drawing appears to be part of a set sold in part at Sothebys in 2013. Infrared spectrometry confirms that the paper dates from the 1890s.

A pastel on paper attributed to John Marin (American, 1870–1953), titled View of Venice from Murano, 12 ½ inches by 15 ¾ inches in the frame, signed by the artist, should command $ 9,000 to $ 12,000. Marin was an integral part of Alfred Stieglitz’s circle. This piece is special, because it is a pastel, whereas around 2,500 of the artist’s nearly 3,000 works were watercolors.

Woodshed Art Auctions is a family-owned art gallery specializing in oil painting restoration and live and online art auctions, celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company always accepts quality artwork for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you can call Bruce Wood at 508-533-6277; or email him at [email protected]

To learn more about Woodshed Art Auctions and the From Whistler to Warhol: Oil Paintings and Master Drawings auction scheduled for Thursday March 7, visit www.woodshedartauctions.com.

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