Fine art auction - Nicolai Fechin (1881–1955),
Nicolai Fechin (1881–1955), "Carmelita," n.d., oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in, estimate $300,000–$500,000

Returning this spring is the Scottsdale Art Auction, one of America’s leading sales of Western art. Its lots encompass every genre, from landscape and wildlife to figures and still life. The auction takes place April 12-13, 2024.

The highlight is a rare oil painting by Charlie Russell, “The Broken Rope” (estimate $5 million–$7 million). Completed in 1904, a key moment in this master’s artistic development, it depicts the fraught moment right before the collision of a cow and a cowboy. Russell is also represented by an important bronze, “A Bronc Twister,” which carries an estimate of $200,000–$300,000.

Among the other historical greats on offer at the art auction are Frederic Remington, J.H. Sharp, E.I. Couse, Walter Ufer, Maynard Dixon, William R. Leigh, and Winold Reiss. Particularly impressive is the portrait by Nicolai Fechin illustrated above.

As usual, the auction has a strong group of works by G. Harvey and members of the Cowboy Artists of America, and the living masters include Mark Maggiori, Logan Hagege, and Kyle Polzin.

About the Scottsdale Art Auction:
Under the banner, Scottsdale Art Auction, dealers Mike Frost (Bartfield Galleries of New York City), and Brad Richardson (Legacy Galleries of Scottsdale, Arizona and Santa Fe, New Mexico) joined together and presented their first sale on April 2, 2005 at Richardson’s Legacy Gallery on Main Street in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mike Frost, who has been instrumental in building significant public and private collections of historically important western art throughout the country and Brad Richardson whose Legacy Galleries have become a national leader representing several members of the Cowboy Artists of America, National Academy of Western Art, and a number of exhibiting artists from the annual Prix de West in Oklahoma City and Western Masters exhibition and sale at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles.

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