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,
Other important California paintings to be featured in Clars’ May 19th auction will be Eucalyptus, a large and vibrant landscape of light and color by Plein-Air Impressionist artist, Maurice Braun (1877-1941) at $20,000-30,000, as well as Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite, a dramatically powerful painting by Hermann Herzog (American/German, 1831-1932) estimated at $25,000-30,000. One other work well worth mentioning is a mesmerizing painting titled, Northern Lights, by Alaskan artist, Sydney Mortimer Laurence (1865-1940) being offered at $25,000-30,000 is yet another addition to the impressive list of fine art pieces that will be offered.
Rounding up our impressive American offerings are three pivotal paintings by legendary artist LeRoy Neiman (American, 1921-2012). Neiman, who passed away last June at the age of 91, is known for his colorful depictions of 20th century American and global culture—from celebrities to jazz musicians, Playboy bunnies to politicians, horse races to the Olympics, Neiman’s passion for capturing the spirit of the 20th century had no limit. The three offerings give a glimpse of this amazing artists range and his global presence starting with the earliest piece, a 1969 oil on board entitled, Longchamp. Depicting jockeys atop their lustrously colored horses, Neiman gives us a glimpse into the world famous Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France. This painting will surely gallop away at an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.
Jumping a few decades and a continent is the brightly colored 1982 painting, Finish at Indy, being offered at $30,000-$50,000. This painting captures the greatest and closest finish in Indy 500 history to that point, as Neiman’s brilliant pallet depicts Gordan Johncock inching ahead of Rick Mears by a mere .16 second margin to clench the championship. And finally, Neiman’s third and final offering takes us to the final continent, India, with his intensely colored painting Himalayan Ascent, 1983, also being offered at $30,000-$50,000.
Coming to the sale with the same estimate ($30,000-$50,000) is The Brook, an oil on canvas (one of two) by George Inness (1825-1894), one of America’s most notable landscape painters. Strongly influenced by works of the old masters, this work reflects his mastery of tonalism. From Walter Farndon (America, 1876-1964) will be Northern Water, an oil on canvas, estimated to achieve $10,000-$20,000 followed by the color offset lithograph, Shipboard Girl,” 1965, by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) which has an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
Topping the American Southwest offerings will be Searching for Strays by Melvin Charles Warren (1920-1995) (estimate $15,000-$20,000) along with the oil on canvas entitled Taos Chapel by Anna Katherine Skeele (1896-1963) offered at $10,000-$15,000 followed by Into the Wild Rivers, 1997, coming to the sale with an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
And for the Peanuts enthusiasts, we are also pleased to be offering two original cartoon strips by Charles Schulz (1922-2000) that come from a prominent Piedmont California collection.
While impressive American works will dominate this auction, it will be a European work of particular importance that will fuel robust national and international bidding. From Carl Olof Larsson (Swedish, 1853-1919), regarded as one