Aligned with Christie’s 20th/21st Century Week in New York, the American Art Department is delighted to present a curated auction of 20th Century American Paintings, Works on Paper and Sculptures on May 17. Property of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, includes Georgia O’Keeffe’s superb Trees Abiquiu VIIwhich will follow the sale by Christie’s of the Museum A sunflower from Maggie during the 20th Century Evening Sale on May 12. O’Keeffe’s seminal watercolor Abstraction joins a rare large-scale pastel abstraction by Arthur Dove from the same important private collection. Other prominent American Modernists represented in the auction include Milton Avery, Charles Burchfield, Gaston Lachaise, Elie Nadelman and Jacob Lawrence. Bridging genres, Property from the May Family Collection features the stunning regionalist composition of Thomas Hart Benton Conversation at the door and outstanding impressionist works by Frederick Frieseke and Frank Weston Benson, including the latter’s open-air masterpiece The top of the hill. Other highlights include Childe Hassam’s gem Florist from the collection of Robert and Virginia Payne and important Ashcan school works by William Glackens, John Sloan and Robert Henri. Finally, the illustration offerings are featured by Norman Rockwell’s charming Camp reception and a variety of examples by NC Wyeth.
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