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Boston, Mass. – May 10, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will auction prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture on Friday, May 17th at its Boston gallery. The auction, presented in two sessions, will feature prints and photography starting at 12 p.m. and paintings and sculpture beginning at 4 p.m.
Fine Prints and Photography
The May prints and photography auction offers more than 200 works and covers a range of styles, countries, and periods. Artists include Dürer, LeWitt, Mucha, Koons, Simpson, Hassam, Hodgkins, Evans, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rembrandt, Cassatt, Miró, Cadmus, Lichtenstein, Warhol, and others.
Print highlights include Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s May Belfort (lot 149, estimated between $15,000 and $25,000) and a 1978 image of Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol from an edition of 175 (lot 164, $15,000 to $20,000). From the estate of Elizabeth A. Straus of New York and Maine comes Red Palm from an edition of 85 plus proofs by Howard Hodgkins (lot 70, $5,000 to $7,000). A print by Frederick Childe Hassam titled Union Square (lot 67, $7,000 to $9,000) has found its way back to Skinner after having been sold during a Skinner auction in 1998.
Photographs include works by Adams, Edgerton, Siskind, Uelsmann, and others. A classic image from Ansel Adams entitled Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California (lot 176, $4,000 to $6,000) from a special edition, Photographs of Yosemite, will be offered. Two athletic studies by Harold Eugene Edgerton include the 1952 artist’s proof Moving Skip Rope and Densmore Shute Bends the Shaft, 1939 (lot 179, $1,200 to $1,800). Four street scenes by Aaron Siskind from Harlem Document including Pawn Broker Sign over Market, Bootblacks, Boys Selling Bags, and Furnished Room to Let (lot 194, $2,000 to $2,500) will also be available.
Lesser Ury’s Rainy Night, Berlin (lot 484, $80,000 to $120,000) is an outstanding street scene by the German artist. Born in Birnbaum, Lesser Ury moved to Berlin as a youngster in 1871 and fell in love with the city. He studied art in Düsseldorf, Brussels, Paris, and Munich, where in 1893 he joined the Munich Secession, one of the several Secessions formed by progressive artists in Germany and Austria in the last years of the 19th century. In 1901 he returned to his beloved Berlin, where he exhibited with the Berlin Secession in 1915 and 1922. The city of Berlin provided a constant source of inspiration for Ury, who is best known for his urban landscapes under dark, cloud-filled or moonlit skies. This dramatic and expressive depiction of Berlin in the 1920s is from the estate of the artist through to Elsbeth Kaufman (Mrs. Otto Gottschalk), and came into the present owner’s possession through family descent. The work has been in the same family for three generations.
The River Epte, Giverny (lot 386, $100,000 to $150,000) by John Leslie Breck is a lush and serene canvas from 1887. Breck was among the earliest American artists to settle in picturesque Giverny. He subsequently entered Monet’s inner circle and became an exponent of the “new painting.” The quiet River Epte, with its tree-lined banks, was a favorite Giverny locale for painters and was recorded many times by Monet and other artists.
Jack Butler Yeats was one of the leading artists of Ireland in the 20th century. The brother of the poet William Butler Yeats, Jack shared an abiding love for Ireland with his brother and lived out his personal belief that an artist must be a part of the land and life that he painted. This is amply demonstrated in the wonderful painting A Lane in Kerry from 1914, which comes to Skinner from a private trust. The work was last seen on the market in the early 1990s (lot 464, $50,000 to $70,000).