Elmer Wachtel, “Santa Paula Valley,” oil on canvas, 22 x 30 inches

In this ongoing series for Fine Art Today, we take a longer look at the history and features of a soon-to-be-available artwork of note. This week we highlight a gorgeous landscape that highlights Bonhams’ upcoming California and Western Paintings and Sculpture sale.

A fantastic arrangement of significant California and Western paintings and sculpture will soon be available via Bonhams, Los Angeles, on August 1. Among the highlights is a breathtaking landscape by acclaimed painter Elmer Wachtel (1864-1929) showing the Santa Paula Valley.

Within the painting one finds an amazing range of color, which graduates from soft pastel tones at distance to stronger, darker tones in the foreground. A small pathway winds just out of sight toward the left edge of the canvas, and the path in turn is crossed by a meandering creek.

Auction estimates are between $30,000 and $50,000. Other highlights from the sale include works by William Wendt, Ed Mell, Edgar Payne, E. Charlton Fortune, Raymond Dabb Yelland, and many others. To learn more, visit Bonhams.

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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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