Spring Select Auction: April 29 (2005)

American Artists: Page One of Two
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68. Paul Sawyier, Frankfort KY, 1865-1917, Elkhorn Creek with rock ledge, watercolor, 9" x 16¼", signed. (5,000-7,000)

Kentucky Impressionist Paul Sawyier began his art studies at an early age with a private tutor from Cincinnati. He studied portraiture under Thomas Noble at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He moved to New York to study at the Art Student's League under William Merritt Chase, where he was also able to observe John Singer Sargent. He later studied with Frank Duveneck.

170. Henry Lawrence Faulkner, KY, 1924-1981, Angel of Water, Allegorical grouping w/fish & birds, oil on board in original frame, 16" x 12", double signed. (4,000-6,000)

An eccentric painter and poet from Kentucky, Faulkner's works are highly sought after by collectors around the country. He exhibited regularly in New York, Ohio and Florida, and further developed his unique painting style while living in Sicily.

67. Willard Leroy Metcalf, New York NY, 1858-1925, Snowy creek under fiery sky, gouache, 14" x 18", signed, great hand carved period frame. (2,000-4,000)

Considered one of the premier American Impressionists, Metcalf's works are hung in many major museums around the world. He painted at the Giverny art colony in France with Claude Monet and at the Old Lyme art colony in Connecticut. He studied at Cooper Union, the Art Students League, Boston Museum School, and the Academie Julien.

215. John Paul Strain, TN & TX, b.1955, Indian encampment, 1984, gouache, 9½" x 5", signed, dated. (2,000-3,000)

Strain is best known for his Western and Indian depictions, and scenes of the Civil War. His New Orleans street scenes are also gaining popularity.

175. Paul Strisik, MA, 1918-1998, Rockport breakers, oil on board, 12" x 16", signed, artist's stamp on back. (1,500-2,000)

A member of the National Academy of Design, Strisik won 185 awards in his career, including 16 gold medals. He exhibited at the National Academy, Salmagundi, Rockport Art Association, and many others.

214. Prosper Louis Senat, PA, 1852-1925, California coastal scene, watercolor, 14" x 20", signed. (1,000-1,500)

Senat was born in Germantown PA. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and the South Kensington School in London. He painted many scenes in Maine and Pasadena, California.

111. Ross Stefan, Tucson AZ, 1934-1999, Arizona landscape, oil on canvas, 18" x 24", signed, good western frame. (1,500-2,000)

Stefan had his first one-man show at age 13, and established himself as a well sought after painter of Western landscape and Native Americans.

171. John Califano, CA & IL, 1862-1946, Watermelon, oil on canvas, 14" x 20", signed, old exhibition label on stretcher w/name & title. (1,000-2,000)

Califano was born in Rome, where he studied under Domenico Morelli. He later lived in Chicago and eventually California. He won a gold medal at an exhibit in Naples in 1880, exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1907, and at the National Academy of Design from 1897-99.

355. Ronald Brooks Kitaj, Cleveland OH, b.1932, Modern abstract, 1970, oil on canvas, 24" x 18", signed, dated. (2,000-3,000)

R.B. Kitaj lived in England and is associated with the British Pop Art movement. Many of his works are inspired by the political ideas he heard from his parents' stories about the Nazis regime in Germany. He studied at Cooper Union in New York, and the Akademie der Bildenden Knste in Vienna.

154. William Barr, CA, 1867-1933, Lakeside landscape with distant mountains, oil on canvas, 10" x 14", signed. (1,000-1,500)

Born in Scotland, Barr studied at the Glasgow School of Art, South Kensington in London, and the Academie Julien in Paris. He taught in Scotland for ten years, then moved to California in 1912. In addition to landscapes, genres and figure studies, Barr painted portraits for many prominent people including President Hoover.

254. John Ferguson Weir, CT, 1841-1926, Holland landscape, oil on canvas, 9" x 14", signed. (800-1,200)

National Academy of Design member John Ferguson was brother of J. Alden Weir, and son of Robert Weir (both painters). He was a talented painter, was also the commissioner for the Centennial Exhibition in Pennsylvania, and for many years was administrator of the Yale University School of Fine Arts. His career includes painting some of the earliest industrial scenes in American history, and later painting landscapes in Europe.

274. William Behnken, NY, b.1943, Interior with chair and bones, 1966, oil on canvas, 50" x 42", signed, dated. (500-1,000)

Behnken received his BA, MA & PhD from City College of New York (CUNY). He teaches at CUNY, the Art Students League, and the National Academy of Design. His works are found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, New York Public Library, and Brooklyn Museum of Art, as well as in publications on printmaking and art.

3. Stanley Bielecky, IN, 1903-1985, Chrysanthemums, oil on board, 22" x 26", signed, sells w/exhibit catalog. (400-600)

German born Stanley Bielecky struggled from humble origins to pursue art, supporting his studies and endeavors by winning scholarships and competitions. Later in life he balanced painting with academic positions. His paintings are noteworthy for the animation he gives to industrial scenes, and to men and women either working or playing.

7. Stanley Bielecky, IN, 1903-1985, Riverside cottages, watercolor, 14" x 19", double signed. (300-500)
46. Set of four framed die cuts by Sydney Griffin, 23" x 11" each, very good condition, marked copyright by Sydney B Griffin 1905. Dreary Lane, tramp being chased by bees. Dusty Roads, portly tramp kicking up dust. Frosty Fields, children throwing snowballs at tramp wearing fez. Sandy Beach, tramp raiding lovers' picnic basket. Terrific subject matter and graphics. A very special set. (1,200-1,500)

Syd Griffin (1854-1910) was the primary cartoonist for Truth magazine in New York. He created the back cover, containing full color insightful cartoons for which the magazine was known. He worked with Rose O'Neill at Truth ten years before she invented the Kewpie characters. Griffin was also a regular contributor to many other magazines.

233. George Herbert Baker, IN, 1878-1943, Autumn landscape, oil on canvas, 11" x 14", signed. (500-800)

Baker was a well-known Indiana landscape painter, a member of the Richmond Group. He studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and the Richmond Art Museum presented a retrospective exhibition of his works in 2001.

132. Marion Simonson, VA, b.1913, Two fishermen tending their nets, oil on canvas, 16" x 24", signed. (400-800)

A painter from Lively, VA, listed in Davenport's and Who Was Who.

1. Lawrence McConaha, IN, 1894-1962, Indiana landscape with sailboat and train, oil on board, 18" x 24", signed. (600-800)

McConaha was known as the Dean of Wayne County artists and "Mr Art Association." He exhibited in Richmond every year from 1914 to 1961, and held several one man shows at the Art Association. He studied under George Baker and John E. Bundy. McConaha painted in Tahiti, and was the first Richmond artist elected to the Salmagundi Club.

49. Lawrence McConaha, IN, 1894-1962, Art Deco portrait of a lady, oil on canvas, 21" x 24", signed. (400-600)
195. Robert P. Kilbert, Chicago, 1880-1938, Late Autumn woodland stream, oil on canvas, 20" x 16", signed. (500-700)

Kilbert studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Acadamie Julian in Paris, and in Munich. He exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Art Association, and is represented in the Los Angeles Art Institute.

23. Philip Gronemeyer, St. Louis MO, 20th century, Arts & Crafts landscape, oil on board, 7¾" x 9¾", signed. (300-500)

Gronemeyer is listed in Davenports & Mallet.