Friday, February 19, 2016

Works by Maurice Utrillo, Eugéne Boudin, Jasper Francis Cropsey: Clars February 21st Sale

The oil on canvas titled, “Eglise de Chatou” by Maurice Utrillo (French, 1883-1955)is a classic example of the artist’s work. Utrillo was known for painting Parisian street scenes, as well as the countryside encompassing the city as his subject matter. His unique style of using bold, rich colors with strong black contours have made his landscapes of buildings and streets most desirable among collectors. Accompanied by impeccable letters of authenticity, this painting will be offered at $60,000-90,000.

Another important French artist is seascape painter, Eugène Boudin (French, 1824-1898). Boudin became known for his marine scenes with figures and boats along the French shores and is considered one of the earlier French plein-air Impressionist painters. The oil on panel titled, “Beach Scene,” also estimated at $60,000-90,000, epitomizes Boudin’s delicate brush strokes and atmospheric style.

The artist Albert Marquet (French, 1875-1947) continued in the tradition of Impressionism after Boudin. Marquet often painted views of the Seine in Paris, as well as the harbors of Rouen, Le Havre and Marseilles. His scenes were depicted with a light palette of grey and black brushstrokes with subtle hints of color that conveyed a rainy or misty atmosphere often with reflections on the water. One such example that will be offered at Clars on February 21st is his oil on canvas titled, “Boat Basin,” estimated at $30,000-50,000.

Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900) was one of the most respected painters of the Hudson River School, a 19th century American art movement led by a group of landscape artists whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism and the meticulous beauty of nature in the Northeastern United States. Cropsey was one of the elite first generation masters of this group with his richly colored canvases depicting the season he favored most as his subject matter – Autumn. The bucolic fall scene painting of birds in flight titled “Mallards on the River (1886),” will be offered for $40,000-60,000. Clars would also like to thank the generosity of the Newington-Cropsey Foundation in New York for recently authenticating this painting.

Edward Moran’s (American, 1829-1901), ”A Shipwreck (1860),” is another important 19th century American painting that will be offered for $20,000-40,000. Listed in the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), this dramatic seascape has both important museum as well as gallery provenance making this an ideal acquisition of the genre.

Always a favorite, Clars is once again pleased to offer four paintings by Wolf Kahn (American/German, b. 1927). The largest of the works is an oil on canvas titled, “Bullock Farm (1977),” an impressive and vibrant landscape by the artist which carries an estimate of $25,000-35,000.

An early painting titled, “Julie London with Orange,” by California photo-realist, Ralph Goings (American, b. 1928) will be offered at $20,000-40,000. A gift to the current owner from the artist, his bright and playful piece from the 1960s will surely attract admirers.