Jack­son Hole Art Auc­tion

Im­por­tant his­toric and con­tem­po­rary Western art to be of­fered Septem­ber 14 and 15 at the Jack­son Hole Art Auc­tion.

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Jack­son Hole, WY

Now in its 11th year, the Jack­son Hole Art Auc­tion is once again re­turn­ing to one of the West’s most cel­e­brated cities dur­ing one of its sig­na­ture events, Jack­son Hole Fall Arts Fes­ti­val. The roughly 10-day event fea­tures Western art of all kinds—as well as mu­sic, food and cul­ture—be­fore clos­ing with the an­nual sale.

This year’s sale will take place across two ses­sions on Septem­ber 14 and 15 at the Cen­ter for the Arts, where more than 200 works of his­toric and con­tem­po­rary Western art will be of­fered to bid­ders.

“I just can’t be­lieve we’re al­ready on our 11th year. It’s cer­tainly grown over the years and re­ally be­come a des­ti­na­tion sale for many peo­ple and we couldn’t be hap­pier,” says auc­tion part­ner Rox­anne Hof­mann-mow­ery. “We’re so proud that we can close out this won­der­ful event here in Jack­son Hole. I just got off the phone with a col­lec­tor who wants to come to the sale, but he also wants to come out at the be­gin­ning of the week to see the gallery open­ings, mu­seum shows and all the other events. It’s ex­cit­ing that peo­ple mark their cal­en­dars early for this event and our sale. We’re hon­ored to be where we’re at.”

This year’s sale, like pre­vi­ous years, fea­tures a wide va­ri­ety of works, but be­cause it’s Jack­son Hole there are a num­ber of re­ally ex­cep­tional wildlife works, which do quite well in the wildlife-rich area. Works in­clude eight paint­ings by wildlife mas­ter Bob Kuhn, in­clud­ing the bear piece A Last Run­ning Look (est. $55/75,000) and a moun­tain lion painting ti­tled Ba­sic Train­ing (est. $90/120,000). Other

wildlife high­lights are three Ken Carl­son works, in­clud­ing Bach­e­lor Bighorns (est. $30/40,000); a col­lec­tion of 50 draw­ings (est. $50/75,000) by Wil­helm Kuh­n­ert; Tucker Smith’s bi­son piece Ahead of the Storm (est. $60/90,000); and three ma­jor wildlife works from John Cly­mer, in­clud­ing the bear-bi­son at­tack scene Ter­ri­to­rial Dis­pute (est. $150/250,000). An­other Cly­mer, Rocky Moun­tains Big Horn (est. $50/75,000) comes from the fa­mous Ed­die Basha col­lec­tion in Ari­zona.

“Our sig­na­ture is our wildlife pieces and it’s be­come some­thing that col­lec­tors come in es­pe­cially for,” Hof­mann-mow­ery says. “This year is no ex­cep­tion: the wildlife pieces are

amaz­ing and we’re very ex­cited to of­fer them.”

Other high­lights in­clude sev­eral works from prom­i­nent Amer­i­can il­lus­tra­tors, such as N.C. Wyeth’s 1908 por­trait of a cow­boy, es­ti­mated at $80,000 to $120,000, 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.

Con­tenders for top lots 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,” the auc­tion part­ner says. “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 paint­ings 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 Taos works will also be avail­able to bid­ders, in­clud­ing three Ger­ald Cas­sidy paint­ings of Na­tive Amer­i­cans, two of which are es­ti­mated 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 Hof­mann-mow­ery. “The light and col­ors are shift­ing and his im­pres­sion­is­tic style proves to be per­fect. You can see the small fig­ures of horses on the trail, but he con­veys the enor­mity of the land­scape so the peo­ple are just minor foot­notes.”

Ad­di­tional lots in­clude Thomas Hart Benton’s Study for the Pathfinder (est. $175/225,000), 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)

Works by con­tem­po­rary artists in­clude ma­jor pieces from Wil­liam Ach­eff, Martin Grelle, Clyde Aspe­vig, Michael Cole­man, Jen­ness Cortez, Roy An­der­sen, R. Tom Gilleon, Curt Walters, Robert Bate­man and, rare for a Western auc­tion, Bo Bartlett, whose wildlife piece Deer is es­ti­mated at $125,000 to $200,000.

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

Os­car E. Bern­ing­haus (1874-1952), Taos Field of Work­ers, oil on can­vas, 25 x 30” Es­ti­mate: $400/500,000

Bob Kuhn (1920-2007),Ba­sic Train­ing, acrylic on Ma­sonite, 16 x 35½” Es­ti­mate: $90/120,000

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