Kline, Curran and Madrazo to Headline October Fine Art Auction

“Far Away Thoughts,” a work of Charles Courtney Curran, carries a pre-sale estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.

MILFORD, Conn. — Works by Charles Courtney Curran, Franz Kline, Roy Nacho, Jane Peterson and Roy Lichtenstein are currently slated to go to auction on Thursday, Oct. 24 in a semi-annual fine-art sale held by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers.

According to Shannon’s officials, as many as 250 works of art spanning many genres will come to bid.

Offered will be fine examples from the Hudson River School, American impressionists, European and American moderns and abstract artists. The auction house is currently seeking additional consignments to include in the sale. Consignments will be accepted until Sept. 13.

“We already have some wonderful pieces consigned, but we are still seeking more high-quality, fresh-to-the-market works by regarded artists,” said Sandra Germain of Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers.

One of the expected star lots of the auction will be a rediscovered abstract collage by the expressionist master Franz Josef Kline (1910-1962). The untitled oil on paper, signed lower left and dated 1957, carries a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. The work was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in 1962.

An anticipated rival for top-lot honors will be an oil-on-canvas painting by the American impressionist Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942). Curran, a genre and landscape painter, was very prolific and known for his light-filled renderings, often of young women. Titled “Far Away Thoughts,” the work is expected to realize $120,000 to $180,000.

This work of American expressionist Franz Josef Kline, once exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, is expected to be a top lot of the auction.

A third painting that could easily sail past the $100,000 mark is an oil-on-canvas depiction of a lady seated at her vanity by the Spanish realist Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (1841-1920). The painting has a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 and is similar in style and content to another Madrazo that sold at Sotheby’s in 2011 for more than $225,000.

A special group of eight works by the renowned tonalist painter Dwight W. Tryon (1849-1925) is also expected to attract keen interest from bidders. Tryon was one of America’s first tonalist painters and became perhaps its best. He was greatly influenced by the Barbizon School of painting in France. His works were collected by Charles Laing Freer, the man behind the Freer Gallery of Art on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

The paintings, all from a private collection, include and oil on panel titled “Twilight Autumn,” which is signed lower left and dated 1913. It should change hands for $25,000 to $35,000.

Previews for the auction will be held Mondays through Saturdays starting Monday, Oct. 13, and run through auction day, Oct. 24. Preview hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until they day of the sale, when the preview will end at 5 p.m., an hour before the auction start time. Online bidding will be facilitated by Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

For more information, visit Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers’ website.


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