Texas Art Auction
Heritage Auctions’ Texas Art Auction on May 12 featured work by prominent Texans and other artists associated with the state.the sale, which realized more than $517,000, featured several auction records, including records for James Surls and Eleanor Onderdonk. Spanish painter José Arpa had two two-selling works: Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Texas (est. $60/80,000), which sold for $62,500, and Baptizmo del Infante Don Juan en Sevilla (est. $30/50,000), which sold for $37,500. British-born painter Robert William Wood, who was active in Texas in the 1930s, had three works in the top 10, including his Texas Bluebonnets from 1943, which had a high estimate of
$15,000, but sold well above at $21,250. Other pieces by Wood include Cacti (est. $12/18,000) that sold for $15,000 and Texas Springtime (est. $10/15,000) at $10,000. James Surls’ 2002 sculpture Into the Flowers (est. $80/120,000), was the top lot of the sale at $106,250, while Olin Travis’ Return of the Martyrs (est. $20/30,000) sold just above its low estimate to become the fourth highest earning lot at $22,500.
Olin Travis (1888-1975), Return of the Martyrs. Oil on canvas, 25 x 44¼ in., signed lower right: ‘Olin Travis OT’; signed and titled verso: ‘Return of the / Martyrs / by OT / Olin Travis / H453’. Courtesy Heritage Auctions. Estimate: $20/30,000 SOLD: $22,500