Christie’s New York has announced that two classic works on paper by Norman Rockwell will lead its American Art auction in September.
One of the Rockwell drawings, Study for ‘The Runaway,’ illustrates a young boy and a policeman sitting side by side at the counter of a coffee shop and is one of the artist’s most iconic images. Underneath the boy’s seat is a bag containing his belongings as he is preparing to run away from home. The policeman, in a friendly manner, tries to talk the child out of his departure. The completed work was used as a Saturday Evening Post cover on the Sept. 20, 1958, issue. The piece is expected to bring in $80,000 to $120,000.
Rockwell’s other illustration, Study for ‘A Man’s Wife,’ was originally placed alongside an article written by Howard Fast in the February 1939 issue of Ladies Home Journal. The illustration depicts a young female cook sitting on a bench in the Valley Forge camp of George and Martha Washington, and looking dismayed because she had burned the dinner meant for Colonel Hamilton. However, a young watchman who has been stationed outside the home rushes in to the young girl defense to show sensitivity toward her feelings.
The entire sale is comprised of 160 lots by the most influential American artists whose styles include Impressionism, Modernism, Western art, sketches and drawings, and bronze sculptures. In total, this show is expected to bring in $2.5 million.
Also for sale are Mary Cassatt’s drawing Baby Embracing Her Mother, Greg Wyatt’s sculpture Fantasy Fountain: A Bronze Figural Group, and Mario Joseph Korbel’s sculpture Andante, which is also known as Dancing Girls. Greg Wyatt’s piece was cast in 1983 and had been displayed in New York City’s Gramercy Park for years. The sculpture features a smiling moon surrounded by dancing giraffes and is expected to bring in $30,000 to $50,000.
Mary Cassatt’s Baby Embracing Her Mother is a fine example of her using pastel counterproofs and applying them on paper giving the piece, a soft look illustrating Cassatt’s creativity in styles other than Impressionism. It is estimated to sell between $30,000 and $50,000.
Mario Joseph Korbel’s bronze sculpture titled Andante (a.k.a. Dancing Girls) features two nude female dancers striking graceful poses, with one of their arms stretched out and holding hand and gazing at each other. Andante captures classic styles of dance and rhythm; Korbel was greatly inspired by early Greek sculptural forms. It is expected to sell between $30,000 and $50,000. The auction will take place Sept. 25th at Christie’s New York, 20 Rockefeller Plaza. (212) 636-3000.