“new painting.” The quiet River Epte, with its tree-lined banks, was a favorite Giverny locale for painters and was recorded many times by Monet and other artists.
Jack Butler Yeats was one of the leading artists of Ireland in the 20th century. The brother of the poet William Butler Yeats, Jack shared an abiding love for Ireland with his brother and lived out his personal belief that an artist must be a part of the land and life that he painted. This is amply demonstrated in the wonderful painting A Lane in Kerry from 1914, which comes to Skinner from a private trust. The work was last seen on the market in the early 1990s (lot 464, $50,000 to $70,000).
Louis Rémy Mignot’s painting of a rainbow over a lake in the Hudson River Valley (lot 373, $30,000 to $50,000) of 1862 demonstrates the quiet repose of the artist’s mature style. The work’s contemplative, autumnal qualities may reflect the artist’s feelings about the opening hostilities of the Civil War. Mignot subsequently departed for Europe several months after completing this work, and remained there for the rest of his life.
Reginald Marsh’s Fat Men’s Shop (lot 498, $30,000 to $50,000) is one example of the artist’s affinity for bustling New York City scenes. From the estate of John Hay, this particular work was purchased from the artist in Dorset, Vermont. Marsh was a neighbor of the Hay family. A wonderful watercolor by John Marin, Hilltop, Autumn, Maine from 1923 is another work coming to Skinner from the estate of Elizabeth A. Straus (lot 531, $30,000 to $50,000).
Two works on paper by John Wesley including Landscape with Bathroom (lot 579, $12,000 to $18,000) and What’s Going On in the Hall? (lot 580, $18,000 to $22,000) will be offered. Both works descended through the family of Wesley. A work by Alexander Calder depicting two knights jousting (lot 555, $25,000 to $35,000) rounds out an excellent selection of contemporary works.
Notable sculpture offerings include a hanging single-lobed, five-layer continuous form within a form made of crocheted wire by Ruth Lanier Asawa (lot 570, $30,000 to $40,000), purchased from the artist in 1999.
An untitled sculpture made of welded stainless steel rods by Harry Bertoia (lot 560, $10,000 to $15,000) will also be auctioned. Bertoia is best known for his metal sculptures, furniture designs, and drawings. In 1937 the promising young Italian-born artist entered the Cranbrook Academy for the Arts in Michigan. By 1939 he had impressed Eliel Saarinen, then director of Cranbrook, who asked Bertoia to start a department of metalworking at the school. After working on molded plywood furniture designs with Charles Eames from 1943 to 1946, Bertoia began experimenting further with metal sculpture. In 1950 Bertoia was invited to join the Knoll company, designers and manufacturers of modern furniture, where he was given free rein to design whatever he wished—furniture or sculpture—leading to the Bertoia Diamond Chair in 1952 and many other iconic furniture designs. Bertoia also developed “Tonals,”