Collectors of exquisite Western American art can barely sit still as one of the country’s premier auctions is right around the corner.
Beginning in a mere week is the eagerly anticipated Jackson Hole Art Auction, which features the absolute best that American Western art has to offer. The ninth annual auction will be held at Trailside Galleries in Jackson, Wyoming. Two sessions will offer collectors the opportunity to bid on coveted paintings and sculptures by both living and deceased masters. Session I will take place Friday, September 18, at noon at Trailside Galleries, and Session II will be held on the 19th at noon at the award-winning Center for the Arts venue. Previews of the artworks to be available at each session will take place on September 17 and 18, respectively.

Wayne Baize, “Shadows of the Evening,” oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in. (c) Jackson Hole Art Auction 2015

Martin Grelle, “Whitewater Passage,” 2015, oil on linen, 40 x 30 in. (c) Jackson Hole Art Auction 2015

Works by historical masters Carl Rungius, Eanger Irving Couse, and Olaf Wieghorst will be available, and particularly worth mention are a number of outstanding canvases by the renowned Albert Bierstadt. Organizers expect the most spirited bidding on Bierstadt’s “Wind River Country Wyoming” (circa 1860). In this painting, a lovely golden light falls across a distant valley and blankets a range of mountains along the horizon. Bierstadt’s masterful attention to atmospheric perspective and light create convincing expansive space that seems to stretch forever. Auction estimates for the canvas are between $1 million and $2 million.

G. Harvey, “Another Good Day,” oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in. (c) Jackson Hole Art Auction 2015

Bill Nebeker, “The Sippin’ Jug,” bronze 18/25, 21 3/4 x 10 x 6 in. (c) Jackson Hole Art Auction 2015

Indeed, the number of outstanding works in this year’s auction seems, unsurprisingly, all but infinite.
To learn more, visit Jackson Hole Art Auction.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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