Bonhams: California, Western and Sculpture Sale
|Mt. McKinley by Eustace Ziegler; 40" x 48"|
|Plains Indian Warrior, 1894 by Henry Farny; 16" x 11"|
Although it's not a traditional Southwest subject matter, I personally like the E.M. Henning's painting titled Hands of Toil, Choiggia, Italy because you can just see the life and stories in the woman's hands and facial expression. It also has a strong provenance coming from the artist's widow. It's also a pretty good size, but $50,000-$70,000 might be a tad aggressive. If I had $50,000 to spend on a Hennings, I would rather acquire one of his wildlife paintings with the aspens, but who's asking me? Beware of a couple of the Frank Tenney Johnson paintings because they're unsigned. After the Shower in the Land of Crows by Edgar Paxson was offered by John Moran Auctioneers in February of 2010 with an estimate of $40,000-$60,000 and passed, so it's estimated more accurately at $10,000-$15,000.
|E.M. Hennings Hands of Toil, Choiggia, Italy|
|Edgar Paxson Shower in the Land of Crows|