FRANKLIN, Mass. – A special selection of art by Latin American and Spanish artists, as well as paintings and drawings by (and attributed to) masters such as John Singer Sargent, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat will all be in as part of a 208-lot art sale scheduled for Thursday, December 6 by Woodshed Art Auctions, starting at 5:30 p.m. EST.
The auction will take place 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 from Wednesday 28 November. Offers by telephone and correspondence will be taken.
“It’s interesting to see how each auction catalog develops its own theme,” said Bruce Wood, owner of Woodshed Art Auctions. “This month we have some lovely examples of Latin American and Spanish aesthetics, mixed with the whimsy of Warhol and the somber renditions of Hopper and Benton. But my favorite is the widely researched canvas attributed to Sargent. “
Oil on canvas attributed to John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), titled Porta della Carta de la Doge (est. $ 80,000 to $ 120,000), is one of the largest works in the auction. It is unsigned and is housed in a 19 ¾ inch by 26 ½ inch frame. Sargent is best known for his bright watercolors of Venice, but he also depicted the city in oils, as with this rendering.
The infrared photograph of the painting, taken by Mr Wood, who is also a curator and auctioneer, revealed a dark underlay, as well as the preparatory inclusion of two figures in the foreground on the left. The figures were not fully rendered and were painted during the execution of the work. Elements of the figures have been incorporated into the walls where they originally stood.
Paintings in the Latin American part of the catalog are also capable of reaching six digits. They include an oil on canvas attributed to Oswaldo Guayasamin (Ecuador, 1919-1999), untitled (Fear), signed lower right and impressive at 52 inches by 65 inches (est. $ 120,000 – $ 150,000); and an abstract oil on panel attributed to Joaquin Torres Garcia (Uruguayan, 1874-1949), signed and dated (“43”), in an 18 ¼ inch by 30 ½ inch frame (est. $ 80,000 – $ 120,000) .
A mixed technique on canvas attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988), titled Jesus, signed and dated “1981” lower right, in a 37 inch by 41 inch frame, previously in a private collection in Spain, is expected to fetch $ 50,000 to $ 80,000; while an ink on paper made in the style of Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), titled Horse’s head, signed lower right and stamped “Galerie Anderson-Mayer, Paris” on reverse, is expected to fetch between $ 15,000 and $ 20,000.
Just in time for the holidays, Pop Art icon Andy Warhol (American 1928-1987) will make several appearances in the sale with Christmas-themed attributions. They include the following:
- Merry Christmas, Happy New Year balloon – ink and dye on paper, a study for (or based on) a Christmas card sent by Warhol circa 1956, signed, unframed (est. $ 15,000 – $ 25,000).
- Christmas tinsel – hand-colored lithograph on paper of a wreath with ornaments, holly and fruit, signed on reverse and unframed, 11 ¾ inches by 13 inches (est. $ 15,000 – $ 20,000).
- Christmas decorations – graphite, ink and ink wash on paper with nine ornaments plus a star, signed lower right, unframed, 11 inches by 15 ¾ inches (est. $ 15,000 – $ 20,000).
An oil on canvas attributed to the famous Cuban artist Wifredo Lam (1902-1982), titled Horned figurines, signed lower right and marked on the reverse, measuring 20 ¾ inches by 27 ¼ inches in the frame, has an estimate of $ 50,000 to $ 75,000. Also, a signed oil on canvas attributed to Armando Morales (Nicaraguan, 1927-2011), titled Cabeza de Mujer, dated “62” lower left and stamped on the back “Galeria Central del Arte Modern”, framed, is expected to make between $ 40,000 and $ 50,000.
A self-portrait in charcoal on paper attributed to the eminent American realistic painter-printmaker Edward Hopper (1882-1967), signed lower right and unframed, measuring 9 ¾ inches by 17 ¼ inches, is expected to cost $ 25,000 to 35,000 $. Also, a charcoal on paper attributed to another renowned American artist, Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), titled Portrait of a man, signed and dated “37” lower right, 8 ¾ inches by 11 inches unframed, has an estimate of $ 5,000 to $ 8,000.
From Mexico, an oil on double-layered drawing board attributed to Miguel Covarrubias (Mexican, 1904-1957), titled Jazz scene, representing clients at a jazz club during the Harlem Renaissance, signed lower right and 14 inches by 14 inches unframed, is expected to cost $ 30,000 to $ 35,000; while an oil on paper signed and attributed to Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991), titled Study for Sandias, perhaps a study for his Sandias (1950) series of prints, is estimated between $ 20,000 and $ 25,000.
An abstract acrylic on canvas composition attributed to Carlos Merida (Guatemalan, 1891-1985), signed lower left and 19 ¾ inches by 19 ¾ inches unframed, with some repairs and touch-ups and with the canvas nailed to a primitive stretcher, should cost $ 10,000- $ 15,000. Also, a 1977 collage by Pepe Lopez (Venezuelan-Spanish, born 1966), titled Amar El Artes Es Viver, stamped with the artist’s name and titled, dated and signed on the back, framed, is expected to make $ 5,000 to $ 7,000.
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 Latin American, European and American Fine Art Auction scheduled for Thursday, December 6, please visit www.woodshedartauctions.com.
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