Joan Mitchell (1925–1992)
CHAMPS, year 1990
Oil on canvas (240×200 centimeters)
Joan Mitchell is perhaps best known as a second-generation member of the New York School. Yet although she was included in the celebrated 1957 exhibition Artists of the New York School: Second Generation at the Jewish Museum in New York, Mitchell lived and worked primarily in France. While her dramatic, lushly painted works possess an active, gestural quality that connects her work to New York School artists such as Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Philip Guston, her work also evokes the paintings and pastels of French Impressionists through their vivid palette and frequent references to nature. As her work incorporated both of these influences, Mitchell is frequently termed an Abstract Impressionist. Such an association is reinforced by the fact that Mitchell work primarily out of Vétheuil, a town outside of Paris where Claude Monet lived and worked, and in a strange twist of fate, that she also lived on Avenue Claude Monet.
Graham Sutherland – Bamboo Forest
Oil on canvas (55.2 x 46.4 cm.) Year: 1962
Estimated value $ 50,000 – $ 80,000
Graham Sutherland (1903-1980), the leading painter of the English neoromantic movement, was noted for his imaginative pictures based on landscape and plant forms and for his portraits.
Graham Sutherland was born in London on Aug. 24, 1903. He studied at Goldsmiths’ College of Art, London, specializing in engraving, and worked until 1930 as an engraver of landscape subjects in the tradition of Samuel Palmer. In 1935-1936 Sutherland found himself as a painter, partly under the influence of the landscape of Pembrokeshire. This was also the period when surrealism made a big impact in England, and he combined surrealist elements with the romantic landscape tradition. Objects such as the roots of an uprooted tree seen in violent foreshortening were given a mysterious, ominous, monster-like character, the impact being enhanced by strong, unrealistic colors.
Colin John McCahon (1 August 1919, Timaru, New Zealand – 27 May 1987)
Buttercup Fields Forever IV, 1967
Polyvinyl Acetate on paper
Estimated worth: $190,000-$250,000
McCahon shows religious undertones to his work by giving the landscape an essentially spiritual element. One method by which he does this is by stripping the landscape bare, showing influence of Cotton’s book Geomorphology of New Zealand.
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 172 x 228 cm
Portrait of Pablo Picasso, 1912
Oil on canvas, 93.3 x 74.4 cm
Juan Gris (1887) was a Spanish painter and sculptor who lived and worked in France most of his life. His works are closely connected to the emergence of an innovative artistic genre — cubism.
In Paris, Gris followed the lead of another friend and fellow countryman, Pablo Picasso. This portrait is a significant early cubist painting done by a painter other than Picasso or Georges Braque.
Ross Bleckner (American, 1949)
Birdland, 2000, Oil on linen, 243 x 243 cm
Ross Bleckner is the youngest artist ever to have a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He has a Bachelor of Arts|B.A. from New York University (1971) and an Master of Fine Arts|M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts (1973).
[American Painter, 1887-1986]
Year: 1928. Oil on canvas, 76 x 91 cm. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Purchased as the gift of Charles L. Stillman.