Landscape by A. F. King on eBay

A. F. King at eBay
A. F. King at eBay

A reader notified me today that there is a landscape painting by A. F. King on eBay.  (item number 230355414102) He probably found this blog by search A. F. King through Google in which Urban Art and Antiques ranks three for the searched term.

The painting is now located in UK, although the seller bought it in Berlin years ago. Although King’s family moved from Germany and changed the name from Kong to King, I am not sure whether the artist himself traveled to Europe. (He did moved to Nebraska for a while.) It would be interesting to figure out how a picture by a regional artist traveled across the Atlantic.

From the photos available online, the signature does bear King’s style. This landscape, like his other paintings of similar subjects, features a perspective near the river bank. But the open space of marsh and meadow is totally different from the valley and forrest of Scalp Level where the painter executed most of his landscapes.

A quick search on eBay and Ruby Lane found two other landscape paintings by King. Item (300321312117) on eBay with a price tag of $20,000 has the typical contrived colors and sharp edges in King’s landscape. A painting offered by Jon Bert Find Arts on Ruby Lane features a scenery dated in 1920. (After 1889 Johnstown Flood, the summer treat to Scalp Levels by the group of Pittsburgh artists ended.) This late work by King showed he moved away from tight controlled early style to a more introvert, suggestive tonal style. Even though the painting seems to be dirty and in need of conservation, the price is fairly reasonable.

Back to this painting, which is very large (29 by 23 inches), the starting bid (around $3200) is fairly reasonable considering the unusual topology in this painting. Most likely the potential buyers may come from US . In four days, we will see the result.

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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