Upcoming Auctions

Dargate@ Pittsburgh, PA, http://www.dargate.com/

There are not many high end pieces except one painting by Landseer, RA. But
for collector specializing in West Pennsylvania art and antique,
there are some interesting items.

Barridoff @ Portland, ME, http://www.barridoff.com/

Without doubt, Barridoff offers pieces with museum names if not museum quality. There are several Hudson River School works by Gifford and Bierstadt. But these are either not of typical subjects or some study works.

Among them, Aaron Henry Gorson‘s “Pittsburgh Steel Mill” (lot 315) is a powerful work. Unlike his other works displayed at Westmoreland Museum of American Art and Carnegie Museum of Art, the starky contrast comes from the blazing fire and impervious soot and smoke.

I have never seen works by John Ruskin. His works were never exhibited during his life time. As the most influential art critics of the 19th century, in this watercolor painting, he showed that he not only had a beautiful mind, but also posessed wonderful artistic skills.

Lastly, Gustave Courbet is probably the most undervalued French artist of the 19th century. For some collectors, his full-scaled works are still affordable. It would be a bargain if the final price of lot 57 only fetches $50,000, although I suspect it will be much higher.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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