Cu­rated Se­lec­tion

A strong seg­ment of early Texas art will high­light Her­itage Auc­tions’ May 12 sale.

Western Art Collector - - AUCTION PREVIEW -

Born in Car­mona, Spain, in 1858, artist José Arpa y Perea be­came known for his work of three spe­cific places: Spain, Mexico and Texas. Dur­ing Her­itage Auc­tions’ Texas Art Sig­na­ture Auc­tion on May 12, col­lec­tors will have the chance to pur­chase works from each of those dis­tinct pe­ri­ods in the artist’s ca­reer. “There is one work [from each place] to rep­re­sent his ca­reer as a whole,” says Her­itage Auc­tions’ Texas Art di­rec­tor Atlee Phillips. “It has a nice sym­me­try about it to learn more about the artist and for his col­lec­tors as well.”

From 1893 is Arpa’s Span­ish work Bap­tizmo del In­fante Don Juan en Sevilla (est. $40/50,000), while the 1902 Mexico scene is Cupu­lus de Igle­sia En­tre El Fol­laje Mexico (est. $10/15,000). His Texas paint­ing, Breck­en­ridge Park, San An­to­nio, Texas (est. $60/80,000), is a well-known park scene with St. Mary’s in the back­ground.

Daw­son Daw­son-wat­son, an early Texas im­pres­sion­ist known for his paint­ings of the flora of the South­west, stud­ied in Eng­land and spent time in Giverny. Win­ter in the Meadow (est. $15/25,000) is a rare snow-filled work that high­lights the artist’s style and colors. Phillips elab­o­rates, “He’s known for his pastel pal­ette, which is show­ing up re­ally well in this snow scene.”

Sev­eral Texas land­scapes by Robert Wil­liam Wood will cross the block, in­clud­ing Golden Hours (est. $15/25,000), Texas Blue­bon­nets (est. $10/15,000) and The Mys­tic Hour (est. $10/15,000). Of the blue­bon­nets paint­ing, Phillips says, “This is a re­ally nice [piece] from the 1940s. You want the 1930s to early 1940s, as those are the best dates for him.” She adds that the paint­ing de­picts a quin­tes­sen­tial Texas land­scape.

Cow­boy painter Fred Darge is rep­re­sented

by Join­ing the Posse, Palo Duro Canyon (est. $4/6,000), a paint­ing that high­lights his knowl­edge of the sub­ject mat­ter and his knife work. “He was a ranch hand and his vi­sions of the West are things he saw and lived,” adds Phillips.

Re­cently Phillips has been en­cour­aged by the younger generation of col­lec­tors finding their way in the Texas art mar­ket by of­ten be­gin­ning with prints and work­ing their way to paint­ings. She says, “Midrange, solid Texas artists, art­works by Wood and Fred Darge [and] con­tem­po­rary art are at­tract­ing de­mand from a lot of younger col­lec­tors.”

Also in the auc­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 80 lots will be works by sculp­tor James Surls, Kelly Fear­ing, Por­firio Sali­nas and Bror Ut­ter.

Top: Robert Wil­liam Wood (1889-1979), Texas Blue­bon­nets, 1943, oil on can­vas, 25 x 30" Es­ti­mate: $10/15,000

Left: Daw­son Daw­son-wat­son (1864-1939), Win­ter in the Meadow, oil on can­vas, 30 x 40" Es­ti­mate: $15/25,000

Top: José Arpa y Perea (1860-1952), Bap­tizmo del In­fante Don Juan en Sevilla, 1893, oil on can­vas, 27½ x 50" Es­ti­mate: $40/60,000

Right: José Arpa y Perea (1860-1952), Breck­en­ridge Park, San An­to­nio, Texas, oil on can­vas, 53¼ x 45½" Es­ti­mate: $60/80,000

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