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Important, scarce American paintings and drawings at auction at Swann Galleries
Keith Haring's Double Man.
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries’ American Art & Contemporary Art auction on Thursday, November 15 offers notable unique works by significant American artists and coveted prints and multiples by contemporary artists.

Among the American works are several remarkable watercolors, including an 1899 watercolor and pencil by Edward Hopper titled “Maiden Wait,” The Ripple Saith, after a poem by Rudyard Kipling (estimate: $30,000 to $50,000); and Andrew Wyeth’s The Mill House at Ivy Mills, Pennsylvania, circa 1962, which was a wedding gift from the artist to the current owner, and depicts their residence following their nuptials ($70,000 to $100,000). Also by Wyeth is a double-sided watercolor on cardstock with a rendering of an Open Window on one side, and a representation of Santa Claus on the other ($25,000 to $35,000).

Other watercolors of note are Charles E. Burchfield’s Hot Morning, watercolor, gouache and pencil, 1915, which employs the saturated Fauvist colors of his “primary color period,” ($15,000 to $20,000); Rufino Tamayo’s Pueblito Mexicano, watercolor and gouache over pencil, 1921 ($15,000 to $20,000); Reginald Marsh’s alluring Girl on the Waterfront, brush and ink and watercolor and pencil, circa 1945 ($7,000 to $10,000); and William T. Williams’s Here and There, watercolor and gouache and pencil, 1987 ($15,000 to $20,000).

Oil paintings include Isabel Bishop’s Seated Woman (Madonna), 1924 ($10,000 to $15,000); two wintry views of New York City by Guy Wiggins, The Avenue, 1934, and Winter on the Avenue at 42nd Street ($40,000 to $60,000 each); and Walt Kuhn’s Still Life with Zinnias in a Blue Vase, 1941 ($15,000 to $20,000).

There is also a run of works by Jared French, which features three caseine tempera on masonite paintings: Mediterranean Street Corner, 1954 ($10,000 to $15,000); Male Nude and Anthropomorphic Rock, 1960 ($12,000 to $18,000); and Spectators, 1963 ($12,000 to $18,000); and one on board, Italian Architecture, 1960 ($6,000 to $9,000).

The Contemporary Art portion of the auction offers prints and multiples by a veritable who’s who of artists working in the mid to late 20th century and early 21st century. Among the unique examples is a pair of oil studies by Josef Albers circa 1969 for Homage to the Square, both oil on board, which were used by the artist as shipping material to sandwich another smaller painting that a collection was considering for acquisition ($30,000 to $50,000). There are also several lots of Albers prints in the sale.

A wonderful assortment of works by Andy Warhol includes Flowers, offset color lithograph, 1964 ($20,000 to $30,000); S&H Green Stamps, offset color lithograph, 1965 ($8,000 to $12,000); Mimosas, unique color screenprint and acrylic paper collage on canvas, circa 1976 ($30,000 to $50,000); and Untitled (Sex Parts), screenprint in black and blue on t-shirt, 1980 ($12,000 to $18,000).

Impressive examples by Roy Lichtenstein are Crak!, offset lithograph, 1964 ($20,000 to $30,000); Moonrise, color screenprint on blue Rowlux, 1965 ($15,000 to $20,000); and Imperfect, color woodcut and screenprint on 3-ply Supra 100 paper, 1988 ($25,000 to $35,000).

Also featured are Veja Celmins’s Untitled Portfolio, complete set of four color lithographs, 1975 ($30,000 to $50,000); Keith Haring’s Double Man, color lithograph, 1986 ($10,000 to $15,000); and a Jean-Michel Basquiat color screenprint, Rome Pays Off, 2004 ($20,000 to $30,000).

Rounding out the sale are Edward Ruscha’s Made in California, color screenprint on Arches, 1971 ($8,000 to $12,000); Francis Bacon’s Man at Washbasin, color ertching and aquatint on Arches, 1977 ($10,000 to $15,000); and prints by Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol Lewitt, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, Tom Wesselmann and more.

The morning session of the auction, American Art, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 15. The afternoon session of Contemporary Art follows, after a lunch break, at 2:00 p.m.

The works will be on public exhibition Saturday, November 10, from noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday, November 12 through Wednesday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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