The American painting auction, a collection of significant 19th and 20th century mechanism comprised of more than 50 oil paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by American artists, such as Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, John Marin (1870–1953), Elie Nadelman (1885–1946), Allen Tucker (1866–1939), and Grant Wood (1891–1942).
Featured in the auction is Europa (study) (c.1941), an oil and tempera on Masonite by Benton, conventional from US$100,000 to US$125,000. This surrealistic revision of a reclining nude—evocative of the master's renowned 1938 work, Persephone, currently in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO—employs a representation and gloomy attitude that is infrequently seen in Benton's effort. The study is thought to have been produced around the same time as the Year of Peril series—Benton's divisive effect to the molest on Pearl quay—at this time on view at the status Historical Society of Missouri.
In totaling incorporated is John Marin's remarkable 1936 work of art on paper, By the Sea. An ultimate interest with the unsteady outcroppings of the Maine seaside served as an important position in Marin's question theme establishment in 1914. On the area of painting the sea, Marin wrote, "In painting run, construct the furnish budge the way the water moves." The standards of flexibility of association, temper, and procedure that Marin eludes to decipher extensively in by the maritime, making it a brilliant example of Marin's intangible seascapes. The occupation comes from the Marlborough colonnade anthology, and appears as way in quantity 36.17 in Sheldon Reich's catalogue raisonne; the oil painting dates from the alike year as Marin's 1936 showing prove at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.