Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

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Clars’ Fine Art department is excited to present our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Auction on September 14th. The sale will offer an array of artworks spanning movements and decades, with notable works for all collectors.

An important highlight to be offered in this sale is an oil on canvas by French artist Henry Moret (French, 1856–1913) titled Maisons à Volendam, Hollande. Moret, while trained in the Neo-Classical and Orientalist style at the École National des Beaux-Arts, took much inspiration from Impressionist artists and painted the Western European countryside and Coastlines, incorporating vibrant tones of blue, green, and peachy orange. This work, completed in 1900, is a strong example of his bold palette choices and forceful and short brushstrokes, a style he credited much to Claude Monet. This painting will be offered at $50,000–$70,000.

Henry Moret, Maisons à Volendam, Hollande.
Henry Moret (French, 1856–1913), Maisons à Volendam, Hollande, 1900, oil on canvas, 21.7″ x 28.7″.
Estimate: $50,000–$70,000

Also to be featured in our Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Auction are two large-scale prints by American artist Robert Longo (American, b. 1953). Longo, who has also worked in film and sculpture, is most known for his drawings and prints in the Men in the Cities series. These images depict models in stark black and white formal attire whose contorted poses convey dancing, fighting, or other active and sometimes violent movements. Longo created these images by blowing up photographs of his friends to a larger-than-life scale and tracing his subjects to paper. These iconic artworks have appeared in film and television series including American Psycho and Inventing Anna. Clars will be offering both James and Tillman at $15,000–$20,000 each.

Robert Longo lithographs
Left: Robert Longo (American, b. 1953), Tillman, 2000, lithograph, 70″ x 40″. Right: Robert Longo (American, b. 1953), James, 1999, lithograph, 70″ x 40″.
Estimate (each): $15,000–$20,000

Yet another notable print to be offered is Andy Warhol’s (American, 1928–1987) Sitting Bull — a print originally intended for the Cowboys and Indians suite completed in 1986. The print, valued at $40,000–$60,000, displays the iconic portrait of Sitting Bull, derived from an archival photo of the Sioux Chief. Warhol of course adds a flare of dramatized color in his Pop Art style to blend the understanding of historical and modern-day imagery.

Andy Warhol, Sitting Bull from Cowboys and Indians.
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Sitting Bull from Cowboys and Indians, 1986, screenprint, 35.75″ x 35.75″.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

The sale will also offer numerous photographs by renowned artists such as Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, and David LaChapelle. One notable work in this category is a photograph by American artist and writer Peter Beard (American, 1938–2020), most known for his images of Africa. Beard’s book The End of the Game, first published in 1965, documented the issues of starvation and poaching facing wildlife in Kenya, and brought the artist international attention. The photograph in our September sale titled Fayel Tall depicts Kenyan model Fayel Tall posing in a mudcloth-style skirt covered in geometric designs. An inscription on the left of the photograph quotes a passage from The End of the Game describing a beautiful woman. The unique photograph will be auctioned off for $20,000–$40,000.

Peter Beard, Fayel Tall.
Peter Beard (American, 1938–2020), Fayel Tall, 1995, gelatin silver print, 23″ x 15.25″.
Estimate: $20,000–$40,000
Annie Leibovitz, John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Annie Leibovitz (American, b. 1949), John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1970, gelatin silver print, 11&#8243 x 7.5&#8243.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

David LaChapelle, Anna Kournikova: The Court's Free.
David LaChapelle (American, b 1963), Anna Kournikova: The Court’s Free, 1998, c-print on Diasec, 60″ x 44.1″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Diane Arbus, Russian Midget Friends in a Living Room on 100th Street NYC.
Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971), Russian Midget Friends in a Living Room on 100th Street NYC, 1963, gelatin silver print, 14.75″ x 14.75″.
Estimate: $8,000–$12,000

This sale will also offer additional important works by renowned artists such as Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm, Hunt Slonem, George Morrison, and Ruth Asawa, among others.

Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm, Year of the Goat.
Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm (Vietnamese, 1922–2016), Year of the Goat, 1967, lacquered panel, 27.5″ x 39.5″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

Hunt Slonem, Lories.
Hunt Slonem (American, b. 1951), Lories, 2012, oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″.
Estimate: $12,000–$16,000
Guy Irving Anderson, <em>Gathering at the Waterfall</em>.
Guy Irving Anderson (American, 1906–1998), Gathering at the Waterfall, 1985, oil on tarred roofing paper affixed to board, 71.5″ x 44.5″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

George Morrison, Night Shadows. Red Rock Variation. Lake Superior Landscape.
George Morrison (American, 1919–2000), Night Shadows. Red Rock Variation. Lake Superior Landscape, 1994, acrylic on canvas board, 5″ x 14″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
Louise Nevelson, Sun-Set.
Louise Nevelson (American, 1899–1988), Sun-Set, 1981, black polyester resin multiple, 12.5″ x 18″.
Estimate: $6,000–$9,000
Ruth Asawa, Masks.
Left: Ruth Asawa (American, 1926–2013), Mask of Calvin Baxter, 1978, stoneware sculpture, 9″ x 5.5″ x 3″. Right: Ruth Asawa (American, 1926–2013), Mask of Yvonne Baxter, 1978, stoneware sculpture, 8″ x 5″ x 2.75″.
Estimate (each): $5,000–$7,000
Pablo Picasso, <em>Paysage</em>.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Paysage (A.R. 204), 1953, earthenware ceramic plate partially engraved with colored engobe and glaze, 12.75″ x 15.25″ x 1.75″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Rafael Coronel, Retrato Sorprendido.
Rafael Coronel (Mexican, 1932–2019), Retrato Sorprendido, oil on canvas, 39.5″ x 14″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000
Bill Brandt, London (Nude with Bent Elbow).
Bill Brandt (British, 1904–1983), London (Nude with Bent Elbow), 1952, gelatin silver print, 13.5″ x 11.5″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Salvador Dali, Le Decameron.
Salvador Dali (Spanish/1904–1989), Le Decameron, 1972, the complete portfolio of ten (10) drypoint etchings in colors on folded Arches paper, 18.5″ x 13.5″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000

Ira Yeager, <em>The Southern European Tree Frog</em>.
Ira Yeager (American, 1938–2022), The Southern European Tree Frog, oil on canvas, 35.5″ x 35.5″.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000
Squeak Carnwath, There But Not.
Squeak Carnwath (American, b. 1947), There But Not, 1985, charcoal on paper, 57.25″ x 58.5″.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000

Roy Carruthers, Untitled (Three Figures).
Roy Carruthers (South African, 1938–2013), Untitled (Three Figures), 1982, oil on canvas, 60″ x 48″.
Estimate: $4,000–$6,000
Beniamino Bufano, Owl.
Beniamino Bufano (Italian/American, 1898–1970), Owl, bronze sculpture, 7″h.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

William Theophilus Brown, <em>Untitled (View of the Presidio, San Francisco)</em>.
William Theophilus Brown (American, 1919–2012), Untitled (View of the Presidio, San Francisco), 1983, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000
Nathan Oliveira, <em>IMI-92</em>.
Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010), IMI-92, 1989, watercolor and pencil, 19″ x 24″.
Estimate: $3,000–$5,000

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