Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The excitement will begin Tuesday afternoon with the California Art auction, which will include important works by top plein air artists such as Guy Rose, Granville Redmond, Edgar Payne, William Wendt, Armin Hansen, Joseph Kleitsch, Franz Bischoff and Jessie Arms Botke. Leading the sale is a painting by Guy Rose (1867-1925), Foggy Morning, Veules (Normandy Coast). In the early 20th century, Rose left behind his native California to spend time in Giverny with modern master Claude Monet, who became a close friend and mentor to the artist. In this depiction of the coast of northern France, Rose brings colorless morning fog to life, extracting the various muted tones within the shoreline outward to the canvas's edges. The work is estimated at $200,000 – 300,000.
Bonhams Director of Fine Arts Scot Levitt commented, "Guy Rose spent the majority of his life in California but also spent a decades-long tenure working and studying in France at a time that was pivotal in the history of art. As a result, Rose's body of work is incredibly rich and embodies an international sensibility. In Foggy Morning, Veules (Normandy Coast), the artist deconstructs soft, atmospheric colors to depict a stunning landscape, nearly blurring the lines of figuration and abstraction."
Another highlight in the California Art sale is The Sierra Divide (1921) by Edgar Payne. The years 1921 to 1923 are largely considered to be the period during which the artist produced his best work; this painting is among the finest examples. The grid-like brushwork of color with brightly lit accents amplifies the grandeur of the Northern California landscape. Payne's name came to be so closely linked with his portrayals of the California Sierras that editor for The Los Angeles Times Fred Hogue dubbed him "God of the Mountains." The work is estimated at $125,000 – 150,000.