Il­lus­tra­tive Works Sotheby’s up­com­ing Amer­i­can art auc­tion fea­tures 11 works by Nor­man Rock­well

Sotheby’s up­com­ing Amer­i­can art auc­tion fea­tures 11 works by Nor­man Rock­well

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At the May 23 Amer­i­can Art auc­tion at Sotheby’s, at least 11 Nor­man Rock­well works will cross the block, pro­vid­ing a com­pre­hen­sive look at the artist’s ca­reer. In Rock­well’s The Lit­tle Model (est. $1/1.5 mil­lion) a young girl mim­ics the pose of a model on a poster. It was com­pleted as a 1919 cover for Col­liers, one of only four cover im­ages for the mag­a­zine he il­lus­trated that year. From Rock­well’s later ca­reer, the 1964 il­lus­tra­tion Lit­tle Girl Look­ing Down­stairs at Christ­mas Party is one of his most iconic im­ages, and is es­ti­mated to sell for be­tween $1 mil­lion and $1.5 mil­lion. “It speaks to Rock­well’s abil­ity to cre­ate an im­age that ev­ery­one can re­late to,” says El­iz­a­beth Pisano, vice pres­i­dent and spe­cial­ist in Amer­i­can art at Sotheby’s. From the Jack and Bonita Granville Wrather Col­lec­tion comes Rock­well’s Spring­time (est. $1.5/2.5 mil­lion). It was il­lus­trated as a Satur­day Evening Post cover in 1927, and Pisano notes,“it has the char­ac­ter­is­tic of an early Post cover—the black mast­head and white back­ground— but you can see him mov­ing to­ward a more fully formed back­ground and set­ting.the range of tex­ture he cap­tures with the paint is re­mark­able, and it speaks to his keen eye for detail.”

Also from the Wrather col­lec­tion is Charles M. Russell’s When Guns Were the Locks of the Trea­sure Box, ac­quired at Kennedy Gal­leries in Newyork sev­eral decades ago.the stage­coach scene is ex­pected to fetch be­tween $150,000 and $250,000.The fam­ily also pur­chased Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton’s Western Stage Man­agers (est. $60/80,000) at Kennedy Gal­leries. Other Western works in the auc­tion in­clude the Ger­ard Cur­tis De­lano oil In Bon­net and Paint, Early-day Sioux Scouts. The work had pre­vi­ously sold at the Coeur d’alene Art Auc­tion in 2010 for the third-high­est auc­tion price for the artist, and holds an es­ti­mate of $300,000 to $500,000 at the Sotheby’s sale.thomas Mo­ran’s A Show­ery Day, Grand Canyon, with an es­ti­mate of $800,000 to $1.2 mil­lion, was last sold at Sotheby’s in

1999. It has since been tucked away in a pri­vate col­lec­tion for nearly two decades. From the col­lec­tion of actor and mu­si­cian Steve Martin comes a study by Ed­ward Hop­per. Study for ‘Summer Evening’ (est. $200/300,000) is a study for a larger oil cur­rently held in a pri­vate col­lec­tion.“it’ a re­ally won­der­ful lit­tle gem,” Pisano says.

Charles M. Russell (1864-1926), When Guns Were the Locks of the Trea­sure Box, 1919. Water­color, gouache and pen­cil on pa­per, 14½ x 137/8 in., signed and dated lower left with the artist’s skull de­vice: ‘C.M. Russell / 1919 ©’. Es­ti­mate: $150/250,000

Nor­man Rock­well (1894-1978), The Lit­tle Model, 1919. Oil on can­vas, 30 x 16 in., signed lower left: ‘Nor­man/rock­well’. Es­ti­mate: $1/1.5 mil­lion

Nor­man Rock­well (1894-1978),

Boy Play­ing Flute Sur­rounded by An­i­mals (Spring­time), 1927. Oil on can­vas laid down on Ma­sonite, 30 x 24¼ in., signed lower right: ‘Nor­man/rock­well’. Es­ti­mate:

$1.5/2.5 mil­lion

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