Paintings by Armin Hansen, William Wendt and Birger Sandzén among the highlights of Bonhams’ spring California and Western art sale.
On April 24, Bonhams will host its first California and Western Paintings & Sculpture auction of 2018. The sale, taking place in Los Angeles and simulcast in San Francisco, will feature approximately 150 lots of artwork by some of the icons of the Southwest. Many of the artists made their names by living in or painting the region, with the sale boasting artwork by leading California Impressionists from across the state as well as artists whose Western subjects have propelled them to the forefront of American art.
“Coming off a tremendously robust year, we’re pleased to put together another impressive auction of top-quality works,” says Scot Levitt, director of fine arts at Bonhams. “We hope to meet the high expectations and discerning tastes of today’s collectors and are excited by the stunning works we have sourced thus far.”
In the Western segment of the sale will be a group of bronzes by Edward Fraughton and Clark Bronson, while an energetic rodeo scene titled Salinas Rodeo, by Armin Hansen, highlights the painting category. The work, which features Hansen’s characteristic brushwork and color, was recently in a major California retrospective for the artist and has
Armin Hansen (1886-1957), Salinas Rodeo, oil on canvas laid to board, 18 x 22” Estimate: $150/250,000