Andrew Loomis (American, 1892-1959) This is America Shaw-Barton Calendar illustration, 1949 Oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
In a recent post on an auction of illustration art at Heritage, I lamented that — despite having a good selection in the sale — the big names like Rockwell, Leyendecker, and N.C. Wyeth were absent. As it turns out, Heritage was not lacking offerings by these greats, they were just reserving them for a later sale. It seems that the division of illustration art from fine art is still a wall which gets smaller in an inverse relation to the estimated sale price.
In addition to Rockwell, Leyendecker, and Wyeth, Heritage’s upcoming sale of American art includes several other works by top-notch American illustrators, as well as several examples of landscape art and still lifes, and quite a few Modern works and Folk pieces. Excepting the latter two categories, it’s a rather nice sale with quite a few gems in it.
Though I’ll always be partial to Andrew Loomis — the illustrator who succeeded in defiance of the teachers who encouraged him to quit — the lots I find the most interesting are those by Thomas Kinkade. Before becoming the commercial success known as “The Painter of Light,” Kinkade was a more traditional painter set on a different path. I’ve met several artists who didn’t care for Kinkade’s later output, but admitted to admiring his younger work, and it’s nice to see some of those paintings here.
Heritage’s Signature Sale of American Art will take place on May 10th at 11:00 CST. Bids can be made in person, online, by phone, by fax, and via Heritage Live. Previews for all lots in the sale are currently on view in Dallas, but appointments are necessary. For more information, and to see the entire auction catalog, please visit the Heritage website.
Joseph Christian Leyendecker (American, 1874-1951) First Long Suit The Saturday Evening Post cover, September 18, 1937 Oil on canvas 27-3/4 x 22-1/4 inches (70.5 x 56.5 cm)
Joseph Christian Leyendecker (American, 1874-1951) Kuppenheimer Men’s Clothing Advertisement study Oil on canvas 20-1/2 x 28 inches (52.1 x 71.1 cm)
Joseph Christian Leyendecker (American, 1874-1951) Playing Hooky The Saturday Evening Post cover, June 13, 1914 Oil on canvas 30-1/4 x 21 inches (76.8 x 53.3 cm)
Joseph Christian Leyendecker (American, 1874-1951) Tramp Feeding the Birds The Saturday Evening Post cover, November 20, 1915 Oil on canvas 26-1/2 x 20-1/4 inches (67.3 x 51.4 cm)
Joseph Christian Leyendecker (American, 1874-1951) Arrow Collar advertisement study Oil on canvas laid on board 17-3/4 x 11-3/4 inches (45.1 x 29.8 cm)
George Tooker (American, 1920-2011) Un Ballo in Maschera, 1982 Tempera on gessoed board laid on board 21-7/8 x 30 inches (55.6 x 76.2 cm)
William Henry Dethlef Koerner (American, 1878-1938) The Canyon of The Fools The Saturday Evening Post interior illustration, November 26, 1921 Oil on canvas 36 x 29-1/2 inches (91.4 x 74.9 cm)
Jane Peterson (American, 1876-1965) In a Café, circa 1909 Oil on canvas 50 x 30 inches (127.0 x 76.2 cm)
Joseph Francis Kernan (American, 1878-1958) DB&M’s Royal Bohemian Beer advertisement, circa 1940 Oil on canvas 30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61.0 cm)
Joseph Francis Kernan (American, 1878-1958) Lost Opportunity Gotke Calendar illustration, 1948 Oil on canvas 30-1/4 x 25 inches (76.8 x 63.5 cm)
Dean Cornwell (American, 1892-1960) The California Forty-Niners study Oil and pencil on board laid on canvas 19 x 13-1/4 inches (48.3 x 33.7 cm)
Don Troiani (American, b. 1949) Union Cavalry Soldier Prisoner Being Questioned by a Confederate Officer of the Eight Texas Calvary (Terry’s Texas Rangers), 1977 Oil on Masonite 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
Maynard Dixon (American, 1875-1946) Trail Song, It was a Long and Tiresome Go, 1908 Watercolor and pencil on board 10 x 8-1/4 inches (25.4 x 21.0 cm)
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) The Tavern Poor Richard’s Almanack interior illustration study, circa 1963 Oil on board 17-1/2 x 14-3/8 inches (44.5 x 36.5 cm)
Newell Convers Wyeth (American, 1882-1945) Mr. Campbell, The Minister of Essendean, 1913 Oil on canvas 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Enjoyment, Swift Baby Food advertisement, 1955 Oil on canvas 14 x 15 inches (35.6 x 38.1 cm)
Maurice Sendak (American, 1928-2012) Let the Wild Rumpus Start! (Happy Birthday Wild Things!) Where the Wild Things Are, 25th Anniversary, 1988 Watercolor on paper 18-3/4 x 18-5/8 inches (47.6 x 47.3 cm) (sheet)
Garth Williams (American, 1912-1996) A Director’s Meeting Charlotte’s Web interior book illustration, 1952 Ink and pencil on paper 13 x 10-1/2 inches (33.0 x 26.7 cm) (sheet)
Chris Van Allsburg (American, b. 1949) The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, pictoral title-page, 1978 Conté crayon on paper 14-3/4 x 18-1/2 inches (37.5 x 47.0 cm) (image)
Stevan Dohanos (American, 1907-1994) After Church The Saturday Evening Post cover, April 16, 1949 Oil on canvas 39 x 30 inches (99.1 x 76.2 cm)
Walter Biggs (American, 1886-1968) On a Bench Woman’s Home Companion interior illustration, October 1935 Watercolor, gouache, pencil, and charcoal on board 19-1/2 x 28 inches (49.5 x 71.1 cm) (image)
Eric Sloane (American, 1905-1985) Brown Autumn Oil on Masonite 23 x 35 inches (58.4 x 88.9 cm)
Hanson Duvall Puthuff (American, 1875-1972) Pasture Grounds Oil on canvas 24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
Thomas Kinkade III (American, 1958-2012) Out to Pasture, 1983 Oil on Masonite 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Thomas Kinkade III (American, 1958-2012) Aqua Caliente Rancho, 1983 Oil on canvas laid on Masonite 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Thomas Kinkade III (American, 1958-2012) High Meadow, 1983 Oil on Masonite 24 x 48 inches (61.0 x 121.9 cm)
Albert E. Backus (American, 1906-1991) Sunset on the Marsh, Florida, 1985 Oil on canvas 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61.0 cm)