SPECTACULAR WORKS BY GAY, GILE, NEIMAN, LARSSON AND MORE TO HIGHLIGHT CLARS MAY 19, 2013 FINE ART SA Oakland, CA — Clars’ Important Sunday, May 19, 2013 Fine Art Auction will feature an array of spectacular, American paintings, one of which is Water, Sand and Patterns by Northern California artist,
News-Antique.com - May 01,2013 - SPECTACULAR WORKS BY GAY, GILE, NEIMAN, LARSSON AND MORE TO HIGHLIGHT CLARS MAY 19, 2013 FINE ART SALE
Oakland, CA — Clars’ Important Sunday, May 19, 2013 Fine Art Auction will feature an array of spectacular, American paintings, one of which is Water, Sand and Patterns by Northern California artist, August Gay (1890-1949) estimated at $50,000-70,000. Circa 1920, this large oil on board (20 x 24 inches) depicts the fishing boats in Monterey Bay and exemplifies Gay’s colorful palette and use of geometric, Cubist inspired forms. Clars is very pleased to be offering this painting along with several others that come from a private collection in Pacific Grove, California. “We are quite thrilled to be offering this painting by August Gay with its very special story.” says Rick Unruh, Vice President and Director of Fine Art at Clars Auction Gallery.
Born in Rabou, France in 1890. Gay arrived in the United States in 1901 and settled in Oakland, California. While in the area, he met fellow artist, Selden Connor Gile (1877-1947). Gile was a major force in founding the group of artists in the area known as The Society of Six which soon included Gay, as well as Maurice Logan, William Clapp, Bernard Von Eichman, and Louis Siegriest. The Six chose to depart from the dominant Tonalist influences of late 19th century and early 20th century and preferred the bright colors of Impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism. The painting Green and Pink Hills (1932) is a beautiful example of Gile’s work and will also be offered at $15,000-20,000.
In 1919, August Gay relocated to Monterey, California, although he remained an active member of The Six and exhibited regularly with them in Oakland until 1926. While in Monterey, he shared a studio with fellow artist, Clayton S. Price, in the former French Hotel now known as the Robert Louis Stevenson House, or, as it is commonly referred to, The Stevenson House. Gay’s Impressionistic painting bearing this title will also be featured in Clars’ May 19th sale with an estimate of $20,000-30,000.
While working on Water, Sand and Patterns at his studio, a prominent Monterey resident, Mr. Carlos Sheldon Stanley, was admiring Gay’s work. Mr. Stanley was the hotel manager of the Hotel Del Monte in Monterey. Known by many as “the World’s Greatest Innkeeper,” Mr. Stanley managed the Hotel Del Monte from 1915 to 1942 in which time he was a major supporter of local artists, such as Gay, and had numerous art exhibitions at the hotel. Gay noticed Stanley’s interest in Water, Sand and Patterns where he then took it right off the easel and gave it to Mr. Stanley. This very rare and unseen painting stayed in the Stanley family until 2000 where it then changed hands to the current, Pacific Grove owner.
Coming from August Gay’s studio mate, Clayton Sumner Price (American, 1874-1950), will be, Horses at Watering Hole, circa 1930-1933, which is estimated at $8,000-$12,000 and is being sold to Benefit the Art Acquisitions Fund of the Seattle