Hassam, painted in 1908, depicts the park bathed in spring sunlight and is a pure Impressionist expression of the highest order (estimate: $2,500,000-3,500,000). Mary Cassatt’s Madame H. de Fleury and Her Child manifests her modern approach to the traditional subject of mother and child (estimate: $3,000,000-5,000,000). Christie’s dominates the market for this important American Impressionist master, having recently established a new world record for her art. The Hudson River School is well-represented by Sunset on the River by George Inness, one of America’s leading 19th century landscapists. It depicts an expansive and sublime pastoral view (estimate: $600,000-800,000).
Modernists And A Tonalist
Hartley’s Lighthouse is complemented by a number of fine Modernist pictures, including Milton Avery’s Figure by Pool, 1945, from the most critical period of the painter’s career (estimate: $400,000-600,000); and Ventriloquist by Jacob Lawrence, perhaps the leading African-American artist of the 20th century (estimate: $700,000-1,000,000). Christie’s set a new world auction record for Lawrence in May 2007.
An interesting and rare addition to the sale is a Tonalist masterwork by Thomas Wilmer Dewing. Entitled Lady in a Purple Dress, the painting is exemplary of Dewing’s finest works and reveals his debt to the work of fellow American painter, James McNeill Whistler (estimate: $2,500,000-3,500,000).
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