Oil painting by Francisco Corzas (Mex., 1936-1983) brings $9,375 at The Woodshed Gallery, March 29th An oil on canvas painting by Mexican artist Francisco Corzas (1936-1983) titled Two Figures sold for $9,375 to take top lot honors in an online-only fine art auction held by The Woodshed Gallery.
News-Antique.com - Apr 05,2017 - FRANKLIN, Mass. – An oil on canvas painting by Mexican artist Francisco Corzas (1936-1983) titled Two Figures sold for $9,375 to take top lot honors in an online-only Master Artworks Discovery Auction held March 29th by The Woodshed Gallery. Corzas beat out brighter stars in the world of fine art – names like Picasso, Warhol, Man Ray, Adolph Gottlieb and Lee Godie.
Corzas was born into a very poor family but he managed to study art in both Mexico and Italy and actually began his career in Europe, where his work can still be found in many museums and private collections (including the Vatican). He split his time between Mexico and Europe, and is highly collected today, in part because he didn’t produce many artworks, having died at age 47.
“The Corzas sold to a bidder in Mexico, and that is an example of my big takeaway from this auction, and that is the repatriation of artworks to their country of origin,” said Bruce Wood, owner of The Woodshed Gallery, based in Franklin. “I’m seeing it time and time again, serious collectors outside the United States with more cash to spend bringing fine artworks back home.”
He pointed to Lee Godie (1908-1994), the celebrated Chicago artist who fancied herself a French impressionist. Two drawings by the outsider artist sold to a buyer in Paris. One was a portrait drawing (and a photograph of Godie affixed with a safety pin) inscribed on the reverse, “Value $150, figures the actress and artist Lee Godie, French impressionist.” It hammered for $1,187.
The other drawing was also a portrait drawing (no accompanying photo), on the back of which Godie also described herself as a “French impressionist.” It sold for $375. Godie was a self-taught artist and larger-than-life figure in the Chicago art scene from the 1960s to the 1990s. In 1991, Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley proclaimed September “Lee Godie Exhibition Month.”
Man Ray (1890-1976), an American-born artist (real name, Emmanuel Radnitzky), also spent much time in Europe, mainly in France, where he became a major contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements. He was also a photographer. His ink drawing on tan paper with abstract watercolor underpainting, titled Female Figure (1951), went to a bidder in London for $6,688.
The sale attracted hundreds of registered bidders via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com and the website www.woodshedgalleryauctions.com, around 100 of whom were active bidders. It was a spare auction, with just 97 lots. “I decided to keep this auction small, in order to focus on the bigger-name items,” Wood said. “Overall I was very pleased with the prices and results.”
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Several drawings attributed to pop art icon Andy Warhol (1928-1987) came up for bid. One, a portrait drawing in ink and colored pencil on paper, titled Young Man, signed and unframed, commanded $2,500. Another, aptly titled Two Campbells Soup Cans, was a drawing on manila folder-weight paper. It made $1,875. Warhol (real