Highlights from Moran’s October 2014 Fine Art Auction Herald an Exciting and Eclectic Offering Pasadena, CA—John Moran Auctioneers is poised to present the autumn installment of their semiannual Fine Art Auction, scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Thanks to Moran’s long string of succe
News-Antique.com - Jul 11,2014 - Pasadena, CA—John Moran Auctioneers is poised to present the autumn installment of their semiannual Fine Art Auction, scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Thanks to Moran’s long string of successes in this collecting category, the Southern California house was deluged early on in the calendar year with high quality consignments, filling the sale to capacity well ahead of schedule. Covering a wide range of price points and appealing to a variety of tastes, Moran’s October catalogue overflows with 250 works in all, including paintings by local luminaries such as Guy Rose, John Frost, Maurice Braun, Marion Kavanagh Wachtel, Hanson Puthuff, Arthur Mathews and many more, and an eclectic selection of works by other American greats such as Norman Rockwell, Dr. Seuss, and Leroy Neiman.
Leading Moran’s sale are two oils by pre-eminent California Impressionist Guy Rose (1867 – 1925). “Shifting Shadows” is a Giverny, France landscape showing barely a patch of sky. Rather, sunlight filters down through a dense canopy of jade-green leaves, bathing the rich underbrush and dirt path below in pools of dappled light. Drawing the viewer in with a limited palette, the enclosed vista, and the repeating pattern of rows of tree trunks with up-stretched limbs receding into the hazy distance, Rose creates a tranquil, thoughtful space rendered in loose, textured brushwork. This work is estimated to earn $300,000 - $500,000.
The other oil by Rose, hailing from the same local private collection, is a contrastingly open scene, set in or near the coastal village of Wickford, Rhode Island, where the artist and his wife, Ethel, spent part of their time after their return from France in late 1912, and where Rose taught outdoor sketching classes in the summers of 1913 and 1914. Boats and a boathouse casually occupy the middle distance of a broad patch of shadowed ground beneath a sky filled with pale, high clouds, suggesting the sultry atmosphere of high summer. The painting is offered with an estimate of $70,000 – 90,000.
For those looking for a historically important work with a classical flavor, a gorgeous gouache-on-paper by San Francisco artist Arthur F. Mathews (1860 – 1945) is offered with an estimate of $50,000 - $70,000. Mathews depicts the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts under construction as its iconic dome is being raised, with classically draped allegorical figures observing the scene. Intended as a venue for art exhibitions, the landmark building is one of the few structures remaining from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, and the only one from still on its original site. In bringing romantic, classically draped figures before the Palace, Mathews’ vision is perfectly in sympathy with architect Bernard Maybeck’s dream of an ancient ‘’ruin’’ spun from a romanticized interpretation of Greek and Roman architecture. Reinforcing this ethereal vision from an imagined past is the beautifully softened palette, heavy on neutrals and atmosphere.
Also evoking an ethereal atmosphere, while boasting an earthbound estimate of $12,000 - $18,000, is a coastal nocturne in oil on board by San Diego artist Alfred R.