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Type Live Webcast Auction
Price Realized 25,000.00 USD
Date Sold 4/30/2022

Lot # 969
Estimate 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD
Group - Category Miscellaneous
Lead Joseph Farquharson Grouse in Farm Field Painting
Gouache on Paper. 25" by 33" framed. 18" by 26" unframed. Title is "Highland Raiders". Blacklights clean. Provenance: One family of ownership since initial purchase, never before offered on the open market. There is a reserve on this lot. By the beginning of the twentieth century Joseph Farquharson had established himself as the foremost landscape painter in Scotland, making the subject of snow-covered Deeside his true domain. Throughout his life he balanced his artistic career with the inherited responsibility of laird of the family estate, Finzean in Aberdeenshire, where the Farquharson family has lived since 1579. He studied at the Edinburgh Trustees' Academy, where he was greatly influenced by Peter Graham, and from 1880 onwards spent time in the studio of Carolus-Duran in Paris where he met and became friends with American painter John Singer Sargeant. Paris at the end of the nineteenth century was a hotbed of artistic development and Farquharson was able to assimilate many of the concerns of the Impressionists and the Naturalists exhibiting there at the time. Most importantly, he understood the importance of working en plein air in front of the motif and depicting nature at different times of day and in different atmospheric conditions. An early example of the scale and power of his canvasses is A Joyless Winter Day (1883), now in the Tate Gallery, London. It depicts an icy snowstorm, which remarkably the artist painted in situ, from a specially constructed mobile painting hut, which even contained a stove. Farquharson frequently included a human figure in his compositions, introducing a sense of scale and presence in the frequently unwelcoming landscape. A factotum at the estate frequently used to help the artist by posing as a shepherd and one of the surviving anecdotes tells us how his model was getting rather blue during one sitting session in the winter, and the artist invited him to go into the mobile studio and warm up. The factotum however asked the artist whether he had finished or not and when they established he had not, he said that he would wait a little longer until Farquharson had completed his study. Farquharson sent one painting to the Royal Academy every year between 1894 and 1925, with the exception of 1914. He managed to create innovative and imaginative compositions every time, by finding an unexplored corner of his estate, going out to paint at different times of the day, and in different weather conditions, and even adopting a slightly elevated point of view. Light filtering through tree branches is at once dramatic and balanced against the coolness of the snow in the foreground. The violence and pathos of the sunset adds poetry to an otherwise mundane scene of a shepherd tending his sheep. Every rock, tree and shrub is lovingly described and mapped out, as only someone who really knows and understand the landscape and the local geography can paint it. Farquharson's landscapes not only serve to depict the Deeside countryside beautifully, they also serve as points of reflection and contemplation. The dramatic yet subtle juxtaposition of a winter landscape with a beautiful light bathing the scene offers the viewer space for reflection on the life of those living on the land, or more abstractly, on the lyrical beauty of nature.
Name Western Montana Roundup - Day 2
Auctioneer Davis Brothers Auction
Type Live Webcast Auction
Date(s) 4/30/2022
Day 1 - April 29th, 9AM MDT Day 2 - April 30th, 9AM MDT Day 3 - May 1st, 9AM MDT
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Welcome to our Western Montana Roundup Sale. This Three Day Sale is filled with over 3400 lots for you to choose from. Day 1: Jewelry, Jewelry, and more Jewelry, Musical Instruments, Watches, Indian Beadwork, Bronzes, Furniture, a Fossil Mammoth Tusk, Photo Albums, Leica Cameras, Watches, and Porcelain. Day 2: The Main Event. Fossils, Arrowheads, Indian Artifacts, Jewelry, Artwork, Historic Memorabilia, Indian Art, Books, Signs, Advertising, Bronzes, Coca Cola Collectables, Indian Baskets, and More. Day 3: Our Military and Firearm Day. This day features a WW2 German Artillery Uniform, A Stunning Mondragon Rifle Bayonet, and a Collection of Samurai Swords. Featured artists include: Joseph Farquharson, Cyrus Walker, Kenneth Yarus, Shorty Shope, Harvey Otis Young, Kevin Macpherson, Kenneth Miller Adams, Will James, Ace Powell, J Chester Armstrong, Colt Idol, James Reid, Philip Russell Goodwin, Harley Brown, Ila McAfee, Ted Long, and Stan Bitters. Highlights from our 3 Day Sale Sale include: A Solid 22k Gold Pocket Watch Chain, an Abraham Lincoln Signed Land Grant, Mauriat Paris Saxophone, Fossil Mammoth Tusks, Phenomenal Grouping of Museum Quality Artwork, Blackfoot Indian Painted Elk Hide, Dempsey Gibbons Montana Boxing Archive, Buffalo Bill Cody Letter, and an Early Coca Cola Blotter Collection.
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