LOS ANGELES, CA.- Bonhams
Los Angeles saleroom will present four fine art sales in April which range from innovative works by contemporary artists to breathtaking landscapes depicting the American West. The first sale of the month is Modern Native American Art featuring several works by Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith including a drawing titled Kalispell Series. Next the Made in California: Contemporary Art sale will highlight contemporary works of art created in California including Three Bathers, 1960, a monumental canvas by Elmer Bischoff. At the end of the month, St. Tropez by E. Charlton Fortune will highlight the California Art sale. The next day Western Art will feature incredible landscapes highlighted by Abandoned House, Contra Costa County, Cal. by Maynard Dixon.
Modern Native American Art
On April 5, several works by Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith (b. 1940) including a drawing titled Kalispell Series, estimated at $10,000 - 15,000, will highlight Bonhams Modern Native American Art sale. Bonhams achieved a world record for a work on paper by the artist last August. Additionally, R.C. Gorman (1931-2005) will have four paintings from 1989 featured in the sale, each estimated at $6,000 - 9,000 and depicting the same woman wrapped in a blanket against a pastel pink background. Also of note, a large-scale painting by John Nieto (1936-2018) titled Traditional Dancer II is estimated at $20,000 - 40,000, and Possession #17 by Fritz Scholder (1937-2005), an influential Luiseño painter and colorist, is estimated at $8,000 - 12,000.
Made in California: Contemporary Art
Bonhams signature Made in California: Contemporary Art sale on April 12 will highlight contemporary works of art created in California from artists such Kenny Scharf, Elmer Bischoff, Frederick Eversley, Llyn Foulkes, and Ernie Barnes. Leading the sale is Three Bathers, 1960 by Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991), a founder of Bay Area Figuration alongside Richard Diebenkorn and David Park, estimated at $100,000 - 150,000. Additionally, Custer's Last Stand (picture of Harry), 1973 by Los Angeles-based painter and musician Llyn Foulkes (b. 1934) is estimated at $80,000 - 120,000. A masterpiece from Foulkes best known bloody head series in which the artist created ground-breaking macabre compositions depicting figures whose faces are obscured by blood, shapes, and collages. Also featured is one of, if not the, earliest painting by Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) ever to appear at auction. Painted circa 1961 while the artist was playing football for the San Diego Chargers, the work depicts two New England Patriots players, Gino Cappelletti kicking a point with Babe Perelli, and is estimated at $70,000 - 100,000.
Following the successful sale of works from the collection of Mel S. Rosenthal at Bonhams in November, the auction will present additional works from this wonderful collection including a cast resin sculpture, Untitled, 1973, by Frederick Eversley (B. 1941), estimated at $60,000 - 80,000.
St. Tropez by E. Charlton Fortune (1885-1969), a Californian Impressionist artist, will lead Bonhams California Art sale on April 25 with an estimate of $300,000 - 500,000. One of the early members of the Carmel Art Association, Fortune is known for her landscapes and harbor scenes and is one of the most sought-after women painters of the West. Additionally, the sale will feature several works by William Wendt (1865-1946), a Southern California artist known for his plein-air landscapes, including The Land of Heart's Desire, estimated at $200,000 - 300,000. Also of note is Path to the Blue Mountains by Percy Gray (1869-1952), a San Francisco artist considered one of the state's premier watercolorists, estimated at $30,000 - 50,000.
Closing out the month, Western Art on April 26 will be highlighted by Abandoned House, Contra Costa County, Cal. by Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), a master painter of the American West, estimated at $60,000 - 80,000. This rural landscape relates to other Depression era subjects Dixon explored that focused on forsaken property and down and out figures. Depicting a central Navajo couple paused astride their horses, Close of Day by Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) is an additional highlight with an estimate of $30,000 - 50,000. The sale will also feature two paintings by William Robinson Leigh (1866-1955) The Water Girl at Walpi, estimated at $40,000 - 60,000, and Arizona Badlands, Petrified Forest, estimated at $50,000 - 70,000.