Mary Blood Mellen oil on canvas may bring $300,000 at Shannon's auction, Oct. 24 Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers will kick off the fall auction season in grand fashion with an Oct. 24 sale showcasing 200 works of art in an array of genres, to include the Hudson River School.
(Am., 1929-1999), whose 1967 acrylic on canvas work titled United Color Kit is expected to fetch $30,000-$50,000. The signed and dated work measures 51 by 39 inches. Krushenick took Pop Art to a whole new level. His use of primary colors and outlines of hard-edged geometric shapes were unique to the artist.
To round out the Modernist group is an oil canvas rendering of four red, white and blue shapes against a stark white background by Paul Feeley (Am., 1910-1966), titled Alphard (est. $30,000-$50,000). The 80 by 80 inch work is signed, titled and dated 1964 on the reverse. Feeley liked canvases with simple geometric forms in repeating groups, often using upright bluster shapes.
The British-born artist Edward Moran (Am., 1829-1901) was a student at the Royal Academy before establishing a studio in New York City in 1872 (he also lived in Paris for many years after 1877). He became renowned for his marine paintings and the one in this sale, titled Summer Morning, New York Bay (est. 70,000-$90,000) is a stunning example of Moran’s work.
A painting by Arthur Wesley Dow (Am., 1857-1922), titled The Glory of Shiva, Shiva Temple, Grand Canyon, carries a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$75,000. The oil on canvas work, 24 by 18 inches, is signed, titled and dated (1912). This very rare painting is one of only a few known works by Mr. Dow of the Grand Canyon. It is expected to spark a fierce bidding war.
Two paintings by the classical second generation Hudson River School artist (Am., 1827-1908) will come under the gavel. The first is a rare view of Lake Champlain, which is bordered by Vermont and New York, titled Split Rock, Lake Champlain (est. $25,000-$35,000). The 12 by 20 inch oil on canvas is monogrammed lower left, signed and dated 1871.
The second is also monogrammed, signed and dated (1878) oil on canvas, titled Study of the Delaware at Hancock (est. $30,000-$50,000). The painting measures 16 by 26 inches. Johnson was a landscape artist based in New York City who was noted for his ability to delineate accurately rock formations and foliage. He was heavily influenced by Jasper Francis Cropsey.
Walter Launt Palmer (Am., 1854-1932) became famous for his use of color to exemplify reflections in snow and water. His use of blue and pink in the shadows of the snow makes the oil on canvas painting Winter Stream (est. $40,000-$60,000) a fine example of the artist’s work. The 28 by 28 inch rendering is signed lower left.
Rounding out just some of the day’s expected top lots is a gorgeous end-of-day painting by William Stanley Haseltine (Am., 1835-1900), titled Sunset, Capri (est. $12,000-$18,000). The 15 by 25 inch work is signed lower left and dated 1874. Haseltine was active in the Dusseldorf school of painting, the Hudson River School and Luminism.
Historically, Shannon’s has specialized in American and European art executed between 1840 and 1940. In recent years the firm has expanded more into post-war Modern and Pop art. Shannon’s