Wild in the West

Paint­ings of the Amer­i­can West dom­i­nate the Septem­ber 14 and 15 Jack­son Hole Art Auc­tion in Wy­oming

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Paint­ings of the Amer­i­can West dom­i­nate the Septem­ber 14 and 15 Jack­son

Hole Art Auc­tion in Wy­oming

The rough­ness and re­mote­ness of the Amer­i­can West will once again play a prom­i­nent role in the Jack­son Hole Art Auc­tion, now in its 11th year as it once again closes out the an­nual Jack­son Hole Fall Arts Fes­ti­val. The auc­tion, set for Septem­ber 14 and 15, will fea­ture more than 200 Western lots that in­cludes gen­res and sub­jects such as land­scapes, wildlife, Na­tive Amer­i­cans, cow­boys, il­lus­tra­tion and hunt­ing scenes. Notable lots in the sale in­clude Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait’s 1883 oil A Slight Chance, es­ti­mated at $400,000 to $600,000, and Albert Bier­stadt’s oil Source of the Snake, es­ti­mated at $300,000 to $500,000.

“Tait was one of our ear­li­est sport­ing artists and this painting re­ally shows his de­vel­oped tech­nique and knowl­edge of wildlife of the area. It’s rare to find a Tait with both hunters and wildlife sub­jects. He knew so much about hunt­ing that you can sense it in this work as the hunters are an­tic­i­pat­ing the birds that might emerge from the grass on the other side of the river. It’s an ex­cit­ing piece that should do very well,” says auc­tion part­ner Rox­anne Hof­mann-mow­ery. “the Bier­stadt is also a fab­u­lous painting. He trav­eled West and was renowned for his paint­ings of the Amer­i­can West. He would of­ten cre­ate oil painting on site and then go back to his stu­dio to cre­ate larger works where he could show his artistic abil­ity. In this one he shows us the im­men­sity of the river, even as he only gives us a glim­mer of it.” A num­ber of ma­jor works from Taos, New Mex­ico, will also be avail­able to bid­ders, in­clud­ing three Ger­ald Cas­sidy paint­ings of Na­tive Amer­i­cans, two of which are es­ti­mated both at $75,000

to $125,000; Eanger Irv­ing Couse’s Au­tumn Flute Song, es­ti­mated at $40,000 to $60,000; E. Martin Hen­nings’ Evening on Taos Moun­tain, es­ti­mated at $30,000 to $50,000; and three works from Os­car E. Bern­ing­haus, one of which is Taos Field of Work­ers, es­ti­mated at $400,000 to $500,000.

A 1911 Ed­ward Pot­thast work, Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon (est. $200/400,000), will be sold some­what near Thomas Moran’s 1892 La­guna, New Mex­ico Look­ing from the East (est. $75/125,000), which is fit­ting since the two artists trav­eled to­gether. “Pot­thast was ex­tremely well known for his scenes of the East Coast, but in 1910 he joined fel­low artist Thomas Moran and they were com­mis­sioned and spon­sored by the Santa Fe Rail­road to go to the Grand Canyon. Pot­thast painted this work right af­ter his trip, and it evokes the im­men­sity of the canyon and the pro­found ef­fect it has on us,” says Hof­man­n­mow­ery. “the light and col­ors are shift­ing and his

im­pres­sion­is­tic style proves to be per­fect. You can see the small fig­ures on the trail, but he con­veys the enor­mity of the land­scape so the peo­ple are just minor foot­notes.”

Ad­di­tional lots in­clude Otto Som­mer’s Beef for the Troops (est. $50/100,000), Frank Ten­ney John­son’s Brand­ing a Mav­er­ick (est. $175/275,000) and two works by Wil­liam R. Leigh, the stand­out be­ing the land­scape Jack­son Lake (est. $50/75,000). Fifty draw­ings from Ger­man wildlife artist Wil­helm Kuh­n­ert are in the sale be­ing of­fered as one lot, es­ti­mated at $50,000 to $75,000.Thomas Hart Benton’s Study for Pathfinder (est. $175/225,000) will also be of­fered, and should gen­er­ate some fire­works due to the promi­nence of the fi­nal work within the Benton legacy. “Pathfinder was part of a self com­mis­sioned mu­ral series ti­tled Amer­i­can His­tor­i­cal Epic. He cre­ated the first 10 pan­els and placed them on dis­play in Newyork in hopes of find­ing a for­mal com­mis­sion. this is the study for the mu­ral, which is on dis­play at the Nel­son---

Atkins Mu­seum of Art. He wanted the series to doc­u­ment the progress of Amer­i­can civ­i­liza­tion,” Hof­man­n­mow­ery says.“this par­tic­u­lar sub­ject is a moun­tain man, John C. Fré­mont. He was a pathfinder who led ex­pe­di­tions into the Amer­i­can fron­tier and acted as a guide to peo­ple like Kit Car­son and oth­ers. Fré­mont was mar­ried to the daugh­ter of Benton’s great un­cle. In the work he’s show­ing the fig­ure watch­ing a group of Na­tive Amer­i­can hunters.”

Amer­i­can il­lus­tra­tors will be rep­re­sented strongly with high­lights that in­clude N.c.wyeth’s 1908 por­trait of a cow­boy, for Ham­lin Gar­land’s se­ri­al­ized short story The Out­law and the Girl pub­lished in Ladies’ Home Jour­nal, es­ti­mated at $80,000 to $120,000; Dean Corn­well’s 1924 oil Il­lus­tra­tion for “The En­chanted Hill” (est. $50/75,000); and two pieces by W.H.D. Ko­erner: Their Meet­ing Ground, es­ti­mated at $20,000 to $30,000, and Old Mon­terey, es­ti­mated at $50,000 to $75,000.

The auc­tion will also fea­ture works by prom­i­nent con­tem­po­rary artists.

Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), Study for the Pathfinder, 1925. Oil on board, 14 x 11 in. Es­ti­mate: $175/225,000

Ed­ward Pot­thast (1857-1927), Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, 1911. Oil on can­vas, 30 x 24 in. Es­ti­mate: $200/400,000

Albert Bier­stadt (1830-1902),Source of the Snake. Oil on pa­per mounted on can­vas, 14 x 19 in. Es­ti­mate: $300/$500,000

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945),Un­ti­tled (Por­trait of a Cow­boy), 1908. Oil on can­vas on board,10½ x 10½ in. Es­ti­mate: $80/$120,000

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905), A Slight Chance, 1883. Oil on can­vas, 20 x 30 in. Es­ti­mate: $400/$600,000

Thomas Moran (1837-1926), La­guna, New Mex­ico Look­ing from the East, 1892. Wa­ter­color, gouache and pen­cil on pa­per, 93/8 x 123/8 in. Es­ti­mate: $75/125,000

Dean Corn­well (1892-1960), Il­lus­tra­tion for “The En­chanted Hill”, 1924. Oil on can­vas, 36 x 30 in. Es­ti­mate: $50/75,000

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