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Press Release - April 1, 2015

Fresh-to-market masterworks define American Fine Art Auction at Heritage

DALLAS — George Wesley Bellows’ turbulent and brooding Storm Sea, 1913, a haunting homage to Winslow Homer that encapsulates Maine’s untamable spirit, could sell for $150,000 in Heritage Auctions’ May 2 American Fine Art Auction. The auctions brings together a cavalcade of works by the country’s most revered painters.

“This auction celebrates the history of American Art, with strong offerings by top artists in the category,” said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art at Heritage Auctions. “From important Illustration to stellar Ash Can, Western and Modernist material, this auction typifies first-class examples across the field.”

John Marin’s iconic watercolor Lighthouse, Stonington, Maine, from 1921, stands as an important contribution to the artist’s body of work following his discovery of Maine’s rugged outcrops and churning sea (est. $100,000+).

Rockwell Kent’s exquisite, luminous Golden Fall, circa 1955, depicts a Modernist view of the Adirondack Mountains from the artist’s farm, "Asgaard," near Au Sable Forks, where he lived from 1929 on (est. $100,000+).

In the Western Art arena, Catharine Carter Critcher's most ambitious and accomplished work Mother and Daughters, 1936, will make its auction debut (est. $100,000+). Undeniably, this fresh-to-the-market, extraordinary masterwork celebrates the abundance, hospitality, and promise of the artist’s New Mexico home.

Similarly, Nicolai Fechin’s Peasant Girl, is a superb example of the humanistic and expressionistic portraiture that distinguished him within the Taos art colony (est. $80,000+). The painting makes its auction debut at Heritage Auctions after remaining in the same family for decades. Texan Johnie (Mrs. H.S.) Griffin, who summered in Ranchos de Taos, befriended Fechin's wife, Alexandra (Tinka), and purchased from Fechin this painting, as well as other works.

The auction features important examples of Illustration, including Joseph Christian Leyendecker’s Thanksgiving, 1628-1928: 300 Years Pilgrim and Football Player (est. $100,000+). Created specifically for the November 24, 1928 cover of The Saturday Evening Post, this work characterizes the artist’s iconic take on the 300th anniversary of the holiday. Exercising his trademark playful and fantastical style, Leyendecker renders the holiday’s past and present through the mythical meet-up of a stalwart Pilgrim and a battered but tough modern-day football player.

Newell Convers Wyeth’s spectacular depiction of derring-do: When He Was Fourteen, Michael Strogoff Had Killed His First Bear, Quite Alone, 1927 (est. $250,0000+) and Dean Cornwell’s Options, The Saturday Evening Post story illustration, March 24, 1917, (est.$25,000+) round out a stellar group of Golden Age Illustration.

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