The June 4th 2015 art auction hosted by Jackson Auction and Real Estate Company in Indianapolis included a very nice selection of Hoosier Group artwork and other well known Indiana artists totaling 154 pieces of art being offered for sale. The first painting of the day was by Theodore Clement Steele (1847 to 1926) with the estate stamp verso. Although not titled by the artist anyone who has visited the T.C. Steele State Historic Site and toured the home would recognize the fireplace and books in the living room. If you are interested in Indiana art and Steele who was one of the most well known Indiana artist of the time the historic site is well worth the visit. The tour of the studio and house provide the opportunity to view many paintings from his time in Munich to the more impressionistic works that he loved to paint around his home in Brown County. The oil painting that sold, measured 18x22 and sold for $22,500.
Born July 7, 1914 Ruth Bernice Anderson attended the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis studying under Clifton Wheeler. She was a self-employed artist and taught at Short Ridge High School and the Indianapolis Arts League. Offered for sale was her 1973 Hoosier Salon entry titled "Sanctuary" which won an award. The 20x16 oil painting was signed lower right and obtained a final bid of $10,000 reaching the top end of the $5,000 to $10,00 auction estimate.
Ada Shulz (1870 to 1928) was well known for her paintings of children in and around Nashville, Indiana and sell very well due to being a favorite of collectors. Jackson had two of her paintings of children for sale. Reaching a high bid of $12,000, the small 14x11, oil on board, and signed lower left reached the midpoint of the $10,000 to $15,000 auction estimate.
Born in Richmond Indiana Edgar Forkner (1867 to 1945) received his training at the Art Student League in New York City. A member of the well know Richmond group of artists, Edgar worked with John Elwood Bundy (1853 to 1933) and other artists to establish the association. Although he eventually left Richmond Indiana he kept ties to Indiana by exhibiting for more than twenty years at the Hoosier Salon winning many awards. Two watercolors went to the high bidder for $250 each. The first painting measured 21x17.5 and was still life of Zinnias in a vase, it was signed lower right. The other was an Harbor scene, likely Seattle since Edger eventually moved there and became a member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest painters. The painting measured 14x18 and was signed in the lower left.
Margaret Rudisill (1857-1933) was born in Montgomery County Indiana and showed interest in art at the age of five. Educated at the Academy of Ladoga and at the Glendale Seminary in Ohio. She studied art first with the early Indiana artist Jacob Cox and later at the Julien Academy in Paris. The first recognition of her work was by Carl H. Lieber when she exhibited her work at the Propylaeum in Indianapolis. She won a silver medal at the Indiana state fair and also won high recognition for her work at the Paris Salon in Chicago and at the St Louis exposition. The three paintings offered for sale were representative of the subject matter she was known for, landscapes and figure painting. An 11x14 oil on board village scene with barn and figure was signed lower right and reached a final bid of $500. A painting depicting a woman feeding chickens was not signed but had authentication verso and brought $200, it measured 16x20 and was an oil on board. The last painting was also authenticated verso but was larger at 26x22, oil on board, with a scene of a women gathering wood. It sold for $300.
Additional Sales of the Day
Fredrick W. Rigley, 11x14, O/C, SLL, "Quiet Street" sold for $5,500
Otto Stark, 12x19.5, WC, SLR, Sunset Landscape, sold for $650
Randolph Coats, 25x30, O/C, SLR "Retired Rum Runner (1920)" sold for $2,000
Helen Goodwin, 18x22, O/C, SLR, "The Artist Garden" sold for $900
Ida Gordon, 20x24, O/C, SLR, Floral Still Life sold for $600
June 4th, 2015 auction prices provided by Indiana Art Online
A painting by Maude Kaufman Eggemeyer (1/09/1877 to 12/1/1959) was the top seller in the first Jackson art auction of 2015. Maude was born in Richmond Indiana and studied under the well known Richmond Group artist John Elwood Bundy while at Earlham Cottage. She was the first women to receive a scholarship to the Cincinnati Art Academy in 1904 where she was taught by Frank Duveneck and Lewis Henry Meakin. Maude and her husband lived in Richmond Indiana in a house designed by her architect father. After the suicide death of her husband she stopped painting and went to live with her sister in Asheville, North Carolina. The Oil on Canvas painting measured 16" x 19", signed lower left reached a final bid of $11,000 with an auction estimate of $15,000 - $25,000.
Born 1883 Wayman Adams grew up on a farm in Albany Indiana with his amateur artist father. With no formal education past grade school he eventually enrolled in the John Herron Art Institute studying under the well know Hoosier Artist William Forsythe. In 1910 Wayman went to Florence, Italy with William M. Chase in 1910 and later to Madrid with Robert Henri in 1912. While in Italy he met Margaret Graham Burroughs who became his wife in 1918. Adams became a respected portrait artist. The oil on canvas painting titled "The Defender" measured 79" x 31" and signed lower right, it went to the highest bidder at $4,500.
Several paintings by orchardist and artist Dale Philip Bessire (5/14/1892 to 1/5/1974) was offered to collectors of his work. Dale was born in Columbus Ohio but studied art at Shortridge High School and at the Herron School of Art. In 1914 at the age of 22 he purchased a 35 acre apple orchard just north of Nashville, In. running along what is now State Road 135. In the early years Dale devoted his time to the orchard to support his family, painting in the winter to earn extra income. However, later when his boys were old enough to help in the orchard Dale was able to paint year round. Dale was one of the exhibitors at the first Hoosier Salon in 1924. He helped organize the Brown County Art Gallery and served as secretary and treasure from 1926 to 1948 and president from 1934 to 1936. The first oil painting titled "Blossom Trail" sold for $1,500 the bottom end of the estimated sale price of $1,500 to 3,000, it measured 17" x 20" and was signed lower right. A second oil painting measuring 17 x 20 signed lower left and titled "Evening In Spring" also reached $1,500 of the same auction estimate as the previous painting.
January 25, 2015 auction prices provided by Indiana Art Online
Genevieve Goth Graf, 11x14, O/B, SLR, Floral Still Life sold for $800
Frederick Polley, 25x30, O/C, SLR, "Hillside Pasture" sold for $400
E.R. Sitzman,14x20, WC, SLL, Lake Scene, sold for $100
Max Moran, Description: 18x24, O/C, SLR, Crown Plaza NY sold for $350
Dorothy Frantz: "Brown County Stream", 16x20, O/C, SLL sold for $175
J.F. Hubbard: "June Morning, Smokey Mountains", 20x24, O/C, SLL sold for $225
The top selling oil painting at the 2014 November art auction in Indianapolis was a 20x16 Oil painting from artist Harry Allen Davis (1914 – 2006) that reached a final bid of $7,000. Harry earned a fine arts degree from the Herron School of art in 1938 and in the same year won the coveted Prix de Rome in painting. The scholarship allowed him to continue his studies at the American Academy in Rome and travel around Europe sketching and painting in order to refine his skills. In 1942 Harry enlisted in the Army designing camouflage in North Africa and later was assigned as a combat artist with the Fifth Army Historical Unit in Italy. After serving in Italy from 1944 to 1946, Harry returned to the US and taught at the Herron School of Art. Teaching there until he retired in 1983. Two other Harry Davis paintings were offered to bidders including a 16x24 painting titled “Drilling Rig” which brought $1,100. The other titled “In Dry Dock Gloucester”, 1949 was a Hoosier Salon Entry and measured 16x24 sold for $1,000.
A nice Harbor scene by the Monon railroad worker Leroy (Roy) Trobaugh (1878 – 1955) measured 34 x 40, signed lower right and exceeded the $1,500 - $4,000 estimate by reaching a final price of $4,750. Roy painted in his spare time and traveled on his free railroad pass to paint around the United States. He never considered himself a professional painter and only took a few classes when enrolled at the Art Students League (ASL) in 1902. He left the ASL in 1902 returning to Dephi, Indiana where he spent the rest of his life as a Monon employee and artist. His work was accepted into the many regional exhibitions such as the Hoosier Salon and the Brown County Art Gallery.
With a large selection of paintings from Dutch born artist Derk Smit (1889 1985) , collectors were offered a variety of subjects available for purchase. Born in the Netherlands, Derk and his family immigrated to the United States in 1914 settling in Chicago. Prior to signing up for the US Military during WWI, Derk studied at the Chicago Art Institute. Once the War was over he opened an interior decorating company and continued paint, making many trips to Indiana and the Brown County area. Derk was a member of the Chicago Painters and Sculptors Association, Brown County Art Gallery Association and the Indiana Artists Club. Derk moved to California in the mid 1950’s where he lived until his death in 1984. Of the approximately 15 paintings by the artist the top seller was a 18x24, SLR oil painting depicting a Southwestern village scene that reached a final bid of $800. The second best seller was a 24x28 oil, signed lower right Coastal scene that reach $700. At the lower end were a couple of small oil paintings, one 6x7 and a 6x8, selling for $75 each.
Indiana Art Values
November 23, 2014 auction values provided by Indiana Art Online
Arnold Turtle, 9.5x11.5, Mixed Media, SLL 1943, street scene sold for $1,000
Homer G. Davisson, 20x24, O/B, SLL, landscape sold for $1,500
Louise Woodroofe, 8x10, O/B SLR, titled "The Market" sold for $800
Ruth Bahls, 28x24, O/B, SLR '36, City Scene sold for $700
George Baum, 20x24, O/C, SLR, Landscape sold for $200
Paul Raney, 24x30, O/B, SLR, Floral Still Life sold for $125