Sotheby’s Amer­i­can art sale

Paint­ings by some of the most revered names in West­ern art help push Sotheby’s Novem­ber 19 auc­tion to more than $20 mil­lion in sales.

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New York, NY

Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton, Charles M. Rus­sell and Frank Ten­ney Johnson are three of the most ex­cit­ing names in the West­ern art world. Their pieces fre­quently garner six fig­ures at auc­tion, and their work is soughtafte­r by col­lec­tors for its clas­sic, ro­man­ti­cized im­agery of the Amer­i­can West. Dur­ing Sotheby’s Novem­ber 19 Amer­i­can Art auc­tion paint­ings by all three artists—and many other no­ta­bles as­so­ci­ated with the genre—helped push the day’s to­tal to more than $20 mil­lion.

Lead­ing the West­ern art seg­ment was Rem­ing­ton’s The Round-up, a buck­ing bronco paint­ing that first be­came known to schol­ars of the artist in 1997 when it ar­rived to auc­tion. This be­ing only the sec­ond time the work has be­come avail­able, it sold just shy of its $800,000 high pre­sale es­ti­mate at $740,000.

Two gri­saille oils by Rus­sell, both painted in 1897 at the height of the artist’s ca­reer, were of par­tic­u­lar note in the sale. These monochro­matic images not only high­lighted Rus­sell’s skill at paint­ing, but some of the iconic im­agery for which he be­came rec­og­nized. Lewis

and Clark Meet­ing the Man­dans (Lewis and Clark Ex­pe­di­tion) sold for $500,000, while Be­fore the White Man Came (In­dian Game Hunt) brought $375,000. Both pieces had pre­sale es­ti­mates of $400,000 to $600,000. A third work by Rus­sell, The Stage Ahead of Us Had Been At­tacked by In­di­ans and Burned (In­dian At­tack) sold for $225,000, com­ing in a hair be­low its es­ti­mate of $250,000 to $350,000.

Johnson is widely cel­e­brated for his noc­tur­nal scenes, with his paint­ing in the sale, Girl and Cow­boy (est. $70/100,000), be­ing no dif­fer­ent. In this night­time im­age, with a blue glow, a woman stands along­side a cow­boy on his horse at a train yard look­ing at him long­ingly. The paint­ing achieved $106,250.

Charles M. Rus­sell (1864-1926), Lewis and Clark Meet­ing the Man­dans (Lewis and Clark Ex­pe­di­tion), 1897, oil en gri­saille on board, 18⅛ x 24¼” Es­ti­mate: $400/600,000 SOLD $500,000

Charles M. Rus­sell (18641926), Be­fore the White Man Came (In­dian Game Hunt), 1897, oil en gri­saille on board, 18 x 24⅜” Es­ti­mate: $400/600,00 SOLD $375,000

Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton (1861-1909), The Round-up, ca. 1888, oil on can­vas, 25⅞ x 20½” Es­ti­mate: $600/800,000 SOLD $740,000

Frank Ten­ney Johnson (1874-1939), Girl and Cow­boy, oil on can­vas, 36 x 24¼” Es­ti­mate: $70/100,000 SOLD $106,250

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