Landscape Gems in Christie's Auction

Apple Trees, by John. L. Breck, ca. 1889, 

18 x 21¾. 

For all you landscape painters, collectors, and connoisseurs out there who happen to have a half million or more lying around, I wanted to tell you about some of the amazing landscape works for sale in the "Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures" auction opening today at Christie's, in New York City.

Although the show is comprised of figurative, still life, and sculptural work, a good majority of the paintings for sale are landscapes (including figure-in-the-landscapes) from some of the finest painters in history. Gems in the 179-piece collection include paintings from Albert Bierstadt, John Leslie Breck, John Gamble, Childe Hassam, Frank Tenney Johnson, Edgar Payne, Edward Henry Pothast, Maurice Brazik Prendergast, Edmund Tarbell, and Andrew Wyeth.

Frozen Stream, by Clyde Aspevig, 2009,
oil, 24 x 36.

Buried in between paintings selling into the millions from deceased artists is the one living painter in the whole lot-our very own landscape legend Clyde Aspevig, whose Frozen Stream painting (# 79) starts bidding at $25,000 to $35,000.

Even if you can't afford to own one of these masterpieces, it's certainly worth perusing the auction's website, just to get an idea of what these important works of American art are going for. (I personally have my fingers crossed that a local institution will pick up Maxfield Parrish's Daybreak so I can see that awesome golden glow in person!)


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Allison Malafronte is the senior editor of American Artist magazines, and the project editor of  Plein Air Painting and Workshop With the Masters magazines. She is also the creative manager of the Weekend With the Masters Workshop & Conference ( which was launched in 2009 and is now in its third year. She is author of the Art for Thought column in American Artist magazine (also on the Artist Daily site under The Artist's Life blog) and the 2008-2010 Plein Air blogs on Artist Daily. 

2 thoughts on “Landscape Gems in Christie's Auction

  1. How much do you think Christie’s would auction off a painting that’s just dappled light on water? No boats, no mountains, no figures. Just dappled light all over the canvas? It’s all I want, Alli!!!

    Daybreak is gorgeous, by the way!

  2. I think Christie’s would cut you a very fair deal considering there are no “boats, mountains, or figures” in the painting. Actually, isn’t there a painting like this already in the auction? It think it’s Lot #180 and titled “Just Dappled Light All Over the on Canvas.” 🙂