Saturday, September 6, 2014
Artwork Beyond Compare
The art work that is featured in the current auction is highly represented with African American artists nationally and even internationally known.
"The Thankful Poor" framed Art Print by Henry Ossawa Tanner was originally completed in 1895. He was one of the first African-American artists to achieve a reputation in both America and Europe. Henry Ossawa Tanner worked in the naturalist and genre traditions of American art. Though his work grew increasingly mainstream and allegorical, his early depictions of humble black folk about their daily lives are regarded as classic statements of African-American pride and dignity. The Thankful Poor is certainly one of those. See item 25.
We know you will appreciate the subject matter, vibrant colors, mode of creative expression, and the form of this artwork. Even though we have been unable to identify the artist, the quality and appeal of these works is unmistakable.
One of our favorites is this original painting of Women with Baskets. It is a vibrant rendering of six women in the market. It is signed by the artist around the basket of apples. See item 27.
The drawing, composition and abstraction of these pieces are amazing. Some paintings are naturalistic and representational as the couple in the fishing boat.
A very romantic print of a Man rowing a boat while the woman gathers water lillys. Double signed by the artist Danny Philipea. It is numbered 572/1500.
Some are loaded with narrative content supporting the tradition and value of families.
The Family" a print of an original done by Charles Alton. A visionary artist and an influential teacher, Charles Alston (1907-1977) helped establish the Works Progress Administration's Harlem Art Workshop and was the first African American to be named a supervisor for the WPA's Federal Art Project. See item 39.
More than something to hang on the wall, this is art beyond compare, something to warm your heart.