ALAMEDA, CA.- Michaans
Fine Art Auction on June 7, 2013 includes over 150 lots of 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs.
Francis Luis Moras The Pirate & the Prisoner, estimated at $25,000-35,000, depicts two children, very likely the artists niece and nephew, playing out the title scenario. A lad is shown standing victoriously over his prisoner, a delicately frocked young girl. The piece is dated to 1906, wearing exhibition labels from the Oakland Museum and the Museum of History in Los Angeles. Moras works are currently held by or on display in thirty-four museums and he has won numerous medals and awards within the artistic community.
A painting by Emil Bisttram titled Reflections will be offered at an estimate of $20,000-30,000. Revered for his works of a nuanced, spiritual quality, Bisttram studied mural painting in Mexico under Diego Rivera. Later in his career, Bisttram and fellow artist Raymond Jonson organized the Transcendental Painting Group in New Mexico. The group promoted paintings to inspire and further spirituality within their community at large.
Henry Matisses Le Frégote stands as one of the rarest pieces offered, as it is only one of twenty-five prints that were created ($10,000-15,000). Matisses sense of modernity and uncomplicated composition are clearly seen in the linocut of the lounging nude. This master of the 20th century has created a body of work that has spanned over a half-century and cemented him as a leading figure in modern art.
From a private California collection is Mary DeNeale Morgans oil painting Evangeline ($20,000-40,000). Evangeline gives nod to the epic poem, Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, published in 1847. In 1928, the editors of Scribners magazine named DeNeale Morgan one of the nations foremost women artists. The painting is accompanied by a custom frame by Richard Tobey as well as a VHS video of the 1920s silent film Geraldine, as the piece was featured in the movie.
Iconic American cartoonist Charles Schulzs four panel cartoon strip Flying Ace Reporting for Duty, 1966 is a delightful work on paper available in the sale. The animation features Snoopy, one of the nations most beloved characters from the Peanuts cartoon series. Snoopy is shown imagining he is a World War II flying ace, taking his mission with the utmost importance. This highly collectible piece will be offered at an auction estimate of $10,000-15,000.
Part artist, part illusionist, M.C. Eschers art has amazed and instilled wonder in millions. His imaginations of wondrous, fantastical worlds and images is played out in the lithograph Belvedere, to be auctioned at an estimate of $15,000-20,000.
The Regal Matron by Francis Cotes is a wonderful example of finely painted classical portraiture ($15,000-25,000). The oil on canvas dates to the late 18th century and depicts an ornately frocked society woman. Cotes oil paintings are held in the Tate, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Museum of Wales.
A seminal image is found in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrecs La Revue Blanche, 1895 ($15,000-20,000). The French post-impressionist painter elevated advertisement to the realm of fine art in an amazingly short period of time, as he died at the age of 36 with only a decade long career. The lithograph depicts an elegant woman of the time, clocked in a fur stole with matching hand muff and plumed chapeau.