Swann Galleries (New York) continues their spring season with a specialized sale of American Art on Thursday, June 13. The 340-lot offering of paintings and works on paper ranges from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.
A single-owner private collection of Jared French drawings ranging from figurative and compositional studies to portraits is set to come across the block. Highlights of the 40-lot section include 16 pen-and-ink studies for “That French Island,” dated from 1962–64, and estimated at $5,000 to $8,000, and 20 circa-1940 pencil studies of “Man” are present at $3,000 to $5,000.
Also among the collection are portraits of the two other members of the artist collective PaJaMa: a 1932 pen-and-ink drawing of Paul Cadmus with an annotation, “Paul reading La Buena Vida de Luis de Góngora,” and a 1944 pencil drawing of Margaret French, each offered at $1,500 to $2,000.
American Modernists are present with a strong selection of paintings providing insight into the influence of the European movements of the time. Suzy Frelinghuysen’s “Act Three,” oil and collage on board, 1942 ($30,000–$50,000), as well as Charles Green Shaw’s “Transition,” oil on board, 1954 ($4,000–$6,000), and “Beach Scene,” oil on canvas, 1957 ($3,000–$5,000), reflect the influences of Cubism and Abstract Expressionism on the artists. “Bathers,” oil on canvas, circa 1930, by Abraham Walkowitz, which draws clear inspiration from Cézanne and Fauvism, is expected to bring $10,000 to $15,000. Additional figures include Gerald Coarding, Howard Daum, Albert Eugene Gallatin, and Esphyr Slobodkina.
Orientalist works include a circa 1880–90 oil-on-canvas scene of Algeria, “Women Near the Sidi Abderrahmane,” by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, made after his travels to North Africa ($40,000–$60,000), and the 1874 watercolor and pencil “Courtyard of Cotton Storehouse, Cairo” by Edwin Lord Weeks, which will be included in the artist’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné ($4,000–$6,000).
Additional 19th-century works of note include “Nude in Chase’s Tenth Street Studio,” oil on canvas, circa 1895, by Alfred H. Maurer, painted in William Merritt Chase’s studio in the first New York City building used solely by artists ($20,000–$30,000) and John Henry Twachtman’s 1890 color pastel and pencil drawing “Julian Alden Weir’s Cottage, Branchville, Connecticut” ($10,000–$15,000).
Landscapes shine with Albert Bierstadt’s oil on paper “Rocky Mountain Landscape” ($20,000–$30,000) and “Beer’s Cottage, Far Rockaway, Long Island,” oil on canvas, circa 1883, by Francis Augustus Silva ($40,000–$60,000), as well a run of watercolor works by Charles Burchfield: “Clouds and Trees under Blue Skies,” circa 1920s ($15,000–$20,000) and “Summer Landscape (Trees on a Hill),” 1917 ($10,000–$15,000). Also available is a 1960s “Coastal Landscape” oil on canvas by Hughie Lee-Smith ($12,000–$18,000).