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Art & Antiques - September 2015


Best Western

ONCE-A-YEAR stand-alone auctions dedicated to Western and wildlife art have become a phenomenon on the American art market in recent years. One of the major players is the Jackson Hole Art Auction, which debuted in 2007. A partnership between Trailside Galleries of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Scottsdale, Ariz., and Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe and New York, JHAA attracts collectors from all over the country with its consignments of top-quality paintings and sculptures by classic and contemporary artists. The event takes place this year in two sessions over three days, September 17–19, the first to be held at Trailside’s Jackson Hole gallery space and the second session at The Center for the Arts on South Cache Street.

Classic masters of the lore and landscape of the American West will, as usual, be prominently featured at JHAA. On the block will be an 1894 grisaille watercolor and gouache on paper by Frederic Remington, A Trooper (est. $30,000–50,000). From German-born Hudson River School member Albert Bierstadt comes a stunning, fresh-to the-market canvas of local interest, Wind River Country, Wyoming, circa 1860 (est. $1–2 million). Among the 20th-century works will be a Grizzly Bear by renowned naturalist Carl Rungius (est. $250,000–450,000) and Portrait in Profile, an oil study by Norman Rockwell (e s t . $10,000–20,000). JHAA will also be offering works by contemporary artists who adhere to the tradition of Western, wildlife, and historical painting in a realist vein. These include Bob Kuhn’s acrylic on masonite Cheetahs on a Termite Hill (est. $200,000–400,000), an alarmingly close encounter with wild cats; Richard Schmid’s oil on canvas Olympic House (est. $75,000–100,000), an impressionistic landscape, and G. Harvey’s oil on canvas The Hope of the Confederacy (est. $125,000–175,000), a moment captured from Civil War history featuring Robert E. Lee. Painter Martin Grelle will be completing a new work expressly for this auction. This year, JHAA is introducing its Session I auction, the objective of which, says Auction Coordinator Jill Callahan, “is to offer highquality work by desirable contemporary and deceased artists at a price point suitable for the young or beginning collector.” Among the artists featured in this inaugural sale will be G. Harvey, Carl Rungius, William Acheff, Harry Jackson, Dan Mieduch, Tucker Smith, and Conrad Schwiering.

Works Referenced

Lot 183
Frederic Remington (1861–1909)
A Trooper (1894)
watercolor and gouache on paper
12 1/2 x 7 in
Lot 184
Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902)
Wind River Country Wyoming (ca. 1860)
oil on canvas
28 1/4 x 39 1/2 in
Lot 209
Carl Rungius (1869–1959)
Grizzly Bear ()
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
Lot 189
Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)
Portrait in Profile ()
oil on board
10 x 8 in
Lot 193
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Cheetahs on a Termite Hill ()
acrylic on masonite
22 x 40 in
Lot 230
Richard Schmid (1934–Present)
Olympic House ()
oil on canvas
20 x 30 in
Lot 151
G. Harvey (1933–2017)
The Hope of the Confederacy ()
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
Lot 144
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Courtship (2014)
oil on linen
42 x 34 in