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Stuart Davis (December 7, 1892 – June 24, 1964), was an early American modernist painter. He was well known for his jazz-influenced, proto-pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s, bold, brash, and colorful, as well as his Ashcan School pictures in the early years of the 20th century. With the belief that his work could influence the sociopolitical environment of America, Davis’ political message was apparent in all of his pieces from the most abstract to the clearest. Contrary to most modernist artists, Davis was aware of his political objectives and allegiances and did not waver in loyalty via artwork during the course of his career. By the 1930s, Davis was already a famous American painter, but that did not save him from feeling the negative effects of the Great Depression, which led to his being one of the first artists to apply for the Federal Art Project. Under the project, Davis created some seemingly Marxist works; however, he was too independent to fully support Marxist ideals and philosophies. Despite several works that appear to reflect the class struggle, Davis’ roots in American optimism is apparent throughout his lifetime.

Below is a recent realized price for a piece of Stuart Davis art. We at Nate D. Sanders Auctions can obtain up to this amount or more for you:

Stuart Davis Art. Sold for nearly $80,000.

Davis, 1940

Here are some recent items that our auction house, Nate D. Sanders (http://www.NateDSanders.com) has sold:

Norman Rockwell Oil on Canvas Painting of Richard Nixon — The National Portrait Gallery Study for ”Mr. President (Richard Nixon)”, Painted in 1968

Norman Rockwell oil on canvas painting of Richard Nixon, signed ”Norman / Rockwell” at lower right. Painting is the study for ”Mr. President (Richard Nixon)”, which resides in the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and was published in the 4 February 1969 issue of ”Look” magazine, captioned ”Weighed, yet buoyed, by the American past and present, Richard M. Nixon, 37th President, faces the future in this Rockwell portrait”.

Rockwell painted this study in late 1968 of then President-Elect Richard Nixon, a man whose portrait he found ”elusive” but whose features here are unmistakenly Nixon, revealing at the same time both the guardedness and warmth of the 37th President. As the premiere portraitist of the 20th century, one would expect no less from Rockwell. Oil on canvas measures 14” x 11”. Provenance is from Judy Goffman Fine Art of New York, and then subsequently the Charles E. Sigety Collection. Exhibited at the Mississippi Museum of Art in ”Norman Rockwell: The Great American Storyteller” from 2 March-15 May 1988, no. 64. Painting is in very good condition, with a stretcher bar mark along upper edge. Wax lined, with no inpainting. Sold for $125,000.

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Norman Rockwell Oil on Canvas Painting of Richard Nixon. Click to enlarge

Jessie Willcox Smith Original Cover Art for ”Good Housekeeping” From November 1920 Entitled ”We Give Thee Thanks”

Beloved American illustrator, Jessie Willcox Smith original cover art for the November 1920 issue of ”Good Housekeeping” as well as the April 1922 issue of the UK edition, entitled ”We Give Thee Thanks”. Mixed media on illustration board measures 18.25” x 19”, showing two children praying before their meal. Signed ”Jessie Willcox Smith” at lower right. Artwork is one of Willcox Smith’s most memorable pieces, with limited edition lithographs even being made of it, a quintessential example of her work featuring two gently postured children in a moment of gratitude and familial warmth.

Jessie Willcox Smith was the exclusive cover artist for ”Good Housekeeping” from 1917-1933, and was the second woman inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, followed shortly thereafter by Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley, fellow members of the Red Rose Girls, a group of female artists who flourished during the Golden Age of Illustration. Very good condition with no restoration apparent under blacklight. Artwork was given to Anne Champe Orr, the needlework editor for ”Good Housekeeping”, and then by descent to consignor. Sold for $82,500.

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Jessie Willcox Smith Original Cover Art for ”Good Housekeeping” From November 1920 Entitled ”We Give Thee Thanks”. Click to enlarge.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir Drawing — Portrait of a Young Girl ”Fillette”

French Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir drawing, pen and ink with ink wash of a young girl with a hat, entitled ”Fillette”. The drawing, created circa 1882, is signed with the initial, ”R”. Renoir, who had been painting Parisian scenes for many years, saw his fame take off when, along with other Impressionist painters, including Monet, Degas and Cezanne, his work was represented in the first Impressionist Exhibition in 1874. He painted scenes of people at work and play, often painting women and girls. He was known for his free brush strokes and the warm sensuality present in the light and color of his palette. Two of Renoir’s most famous paintings, ”Luncheon of the Boating Party” and ”Girl With a Hoop”, were completed during the early 1880’s when this drawing was made. The drawing, measuring 5.5” x 7.75”, is in fine condition. With provenance from Sotheby’s. Also featured in: (1) page 171, Vol. II of ”Pastels & Drawings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir” by Ambroise Vollard. Paris: 1918; (2) page 568, Vol. II of ”Renoir. Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings, Pastels, Drawings and Watercolours 1882-1894” by Guy-Patrice & Michel Dauberville. Paris: 2009. Superb Renoir drawing.  Sold for $65,959.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir Drawing — Portrait of a Young Girl ”Fillette”

Dean Ellis Painting Commissioned for the Cover of Ray Bradbury’s Book ”The Illustrated Man” — From the Bradbury Estate

Artist Dean Ellis original ”Red Illustrated Man” painting commissioned for the cover art of Ray Bradbury’s ”The Illustrated Man”. Ellis’ depiction was used for the cover of the Bantam Books 1969 paperback edition of ”The Illustrated Man”. Composed in casein on illustration board. Painting measures 17” x 26.5” and is framed to an overall size of 26” x 35”. Near fine condition. With a COA from the Ray Bradbury estate. Sold for $45,894.

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Dean Ellis Painting Commissioned for the Cover of Ray Bradbury’s Book ”The Illustrated Man”. Click to enlarge.

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Norman Rockwell Art “Mr. Apple”

Norman Rockwell art “Mr. Apple” (Homage to Rene Magritte), Oil on canvas, 13″ x 17 3/8″ inches, Signed “Norman Rockwell.” Painted June 1970, Stockridge, Massachusetts  Includes letters of provenance: 1.) TLS “Norman,” dated 6/11/1970 on his personal stationery where he writes, in part: “I must tell you that I got the two apples, and I haven’t eaten them, but I have put them in the refrigerator so they will keep bright and shiny…It will be fun doing such a unique painting.” 2.) ALS in full, nd, on his personal stationery where he handwrites, “Dear Mr. Blum – Here it is!  I really enjoyed painting Mr. Apple.  I sure hope you like it. The painting may still be wet when you get it. But do not varnish it for a couple of months.  If you use [sic] a fine mastic varnish it will preserve it forever. Cordially, Norman Rockwell.”  Painting also includes two other letters of provenance describing the reason for Rockwell completing the work (it was done as a label for United Vintners), and tracing its path of ownership in very fine detail from the studio of Rockwell to its current state in our archives.  This Rockwell original has never before been exhibited, and never before been offered to the public. The picture shown here does not do justice to the vibrance and color of the painting. A rare chance to have an original signed Norman Rockwell piece hanging on your wall.  An excellent original of Norman Rockwell art.  Sold for $33,722.

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Norman Rockwell art “Mr. Apple”

Rembrandt Peale’s Painting of “Napoleon”

1812 portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte Rembrandt Peale painting, noted American Neoclassical painter and son of acclaimed artist Charles Willson Peale. Painted by the famed portrait artist who captured the likenesses of nearly all of the important statesmen of the 18th century, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. This compelling 22.5″ x 27.5″ oil on canvas comes with a fascinating backstory. Since Bonaparte was unwilling to sit for any artists, Peale spent hours sketching the Emperor on public occasions, such as during the procession of deputies in the Champ de Mars where Bonaparte sat still for hours on end. Contrary to the famously romanticized, larger than life interpretations of the French dictator by such artists as Jacques-Louis David, here Peale offers a very human-scale Bonaparte. Peale employs a palette of muted burgundies and blacks, soft lighting and an echo of the background wine-colored drapery in Bonaparte’s scarf. Painting comes with a transcript of the letter Peale gave to artist Thomas Hollingsworth Morris, original owner of the portrait, datelined Philadelphia, 26 January 1858. Letter reads as follows: “Dear Sir, The Portrait you allude to, is an Original Study of the Head of Napoleon Bonaparte, which I made in Paris, in the Year 1812 (not when he was 1st Consul)–but Emperor). It was the result of many paintings, after seeing him at Reviews & other occasions – for he had decided never to sit to any Artist, after the design to assassinate him by Cerachi [sic] the Sculptor who was making a Bust of him–The same Cerachi who was in this Country & made a Bust of our Washington, which is more like Cerachi himself than like Washington. He was guilliotined [sic]. This Head, the effort of repeated Memories, David the Emperor’s Painter thought a good likeness. I am sorry you did not subscribe your address, as I should like to see this Portrait again when I visit Baltimore. Respectfully Yours, Rembrandt Peale (signed).” An excellent portrait of the legendary military genius by an American master portraitist. Excellent Rembrandt Peale painting. Sold for $32,000.

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Rembrandt Peale’s Painting of “Napoleon”. Click to enlarge.

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Ludwig Bemelmans Painting for ”Madeline and the Bad Hat” — Gorgeous & Vivid Painting Measures 31.75” x 19”

Ludwig Bemelmans painting for his ”Madeline” series of children’s books, illustrating a scene here for ”Madeline and the Bad Hat”. Rendered in mixed media on board, signed ”Bemelmans” at lower right. Painting measures 31.75” x 19”, with vividly rich colors. Back of board is stamped by the Hammer Galleries, who originally sold Bemelmans’ work for him, with an additional stamp reading ”Sketch for MADELINE And the Bad Hat by LUDWIG BEMELMANS”. Additional provenance includes sale by the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association, Inc. in its 16 January 1987 auction. With frame, painting measures 40.5” x 28.5”. Some toning to board consistent in color with the scene, support for painting is bowed, and a small amount of surface cracking on the water. Overall in very good plus condition. Sold for $28,000.

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Ludwig Bemelmans Painting for ”Madeline and the Bad Hat”. Click to enlarge.

Charles Addams Signed Painting Personally Owned by Ray Bradbury — Selected to Become the Cover of Bradbury’s Book, ”From the Dust Returned”

”Addams Family” cartoonist and creator Charles Addams original 1946 painting personally owned by Ray Bradbury. True to Addams’ whimsical and macabre tone, painting depicts a landscape scene at twilight with a Gothic mansion overlooking a shore, and with ghoulish creatures and spirits ascending towards the house. Signed, ”Chas Adams” at upper right. Mixed media on illustration board was selected to be the cover image for Bradbury’s book, ”From the Dust Returned”, which was released in 2001. Painting measures 17” x 12” and is matted and framed to an overall size of 24” x 19”. Chip to frame, otherwise near fine. With a COA from the Ray Bradbury estate. Sold for $25,000.

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Charles Addams Signed Painting Personally Owned by Ray Bradbury — Selected to Become the Cover of Bradbury’s Book, ”From the Dust Returned”. Click to enlarge.

Norman Rockwell Art Work Portrait of Nixon

1960 signed Norman Rockwell art being a portrait of Richard Nixon, done for the cover of the “Saturday Evening Post.” Charcoal on paper drawing measuring 16″ x 20.75″. Signed to lower right with the artist’s initials, “NR.” This portrait was a study for the 5 November 1960 cover of the Saturday Evening Post, which appeared amidst the presidential race one week after Rockwell’s cover portrait of Kennedy. In addition to Nixon and Kennedy, Rockwell was commissioned to paint portraits of Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson, as well as several foreign heads of state. For his many “vivid and affectionate portraits of our country,” the artist was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, the highest honor given to an American civilian. Nixon portrait is in very good condition, with pinholes scattered along the edges, and remnants of adhesive from scotch tape scattered along the extreme edges. Corners of sheet fit into tissue pockets on backing. This study is all the more exceptional as it is the only remaining item from the Nixon-Rockwell portrait session, beyond the final portrait itself. Kennedy’s portrait, on the other hand, was lithographed in a limited edition of 2,500 and is therefore far more common than this portrait, which poignantly captures the subject’s personality that Rockwell is so famous for. Accompanied by 5 November 1960 copy of Saturday Evening Post featuring portrait on cover. Rare and inexpensive Saturday Evening Post cover Norman Rockwell art.  Sold for $24,000.

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Norman Rockwell Art Being a Portrait of Richard Nixon

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Ray Bradbury Personally Owned Oil Painting, Titled ”Carnival” by Joseph Mugnaini — The Very First Mugnaini Painting Purchased by Bradbury & Which Ignited Their Professional Collaboration

Art by Joseph Mugnaini from the personal collection of Ray Bradbury, and indeed the painting which began the collaboration between the two creative men. Painting known as both ”Carnival” and “Caravan” is a nighttime scene depicting a train perched precariously high, filled with faceless figures, their arms raised in apparent cheering, waving pennant-style flags. The carnival theme is inextricable from Bradbury’s work, serving not only as the setting of his famous novel, ”Something Wicked This Way Comes”, but also as his inspiration to become a writer; Bradbury credits his interaction as a child with a carnival magician named ”Mr. Electrico”, who told him to ”Live Forever!”, as the impetus for his writing career. Painting, composed in oil on board, is circa 1952. Measures approximately 31” x 25”, matted and framed to an overall size of 36” x 30”. Frame shows wear but art appears near fine. With a COA from the Ray Bradbury estate. Sold for $23,153.

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Joseph Mugnaini Art. Click to enlarge.

Guy Carleton Wiggins Painting of New York City in Winter

Guy Carleton Wiggins painting in his quintessential style of New York City in winter. Entitled ”Snow Storm at The Plaza”, oil on canvas board is signed ”Guy Wiggins NA” at lower right. Also signed and titled on the reverse. Measures 16” x 11.75”, in an early frame measuring 16” x 20”. No restoration. An excellent example of Wiggins’ impressionistic work, in very good condition. Sold for $20,000.

Guy Carleton Wiggins Painting of New York City in Winter. Click to enlarge.

Thomas Hart Benton Oil Painting on Paper — “Construction Workers” — Circa 1923

Thomas Hart Benton oil painting entitled “Construction Workers”. 9″ x 6.75″ oil on paper, circa 1923. Benton, a leader of the regionalist movement, was a muralist, social critic and teacher of other artists, including Jackson Pollock. His subject matter honored everyday American life, often ordinary people, such as these workers, in the throes of hard work. Provenance: William Neuse, New York (acquired directly from the artist).  Sold for $20,900.

Thomas Hart Benton Oil Painting on Paper — “Construction Workers” — Circa 1923

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Jasper Johns “Between the Clock and the Bed” Lithograph

Jasper Johns lithograph entitled ”Between the Clock and the Bed”, printed in colors in 1989. Signed by Johns in pencil, dated and numbered 21/32, apart from the 11 artist’s proofs. Printed on HMP paper with Friends of the Philadelphia Museum watermark, and publisher’s blindstamp of ULAE (245) of West Islip, New York. Image measures 33.75” x 19.5”, framed to 51.5” x 39.25”. In very good condition with a few very small spots of foxing in margin and minor buckling, overall in very good condition.  Sold for $18,000.

Jasper Johns ”Between the Clock and the Bed” Lithograph. Click to enlarge.

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