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Oil painting by Hudson River School artist Julie H. Beers sells for $20,000 in Bruneau & Co. auction
The auction featured 386 lots, mostly pulled from estates and collections across New England. The Beers painting was a naturalistic depiction of towering birch trees beside a glistening lake. Internet bidding was offered across several platforms.
By: Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
The auction featured 386 lots, mostly pulled from estates and collections across New England. "The auction was exciting to start the New Year off with a lot of bidding action on all platforms and on all categories from fine arts to Asian across the board," said Kevin Bruneau, Bruneau & Co's president and an auctioneer. "It was good to see. We look forward to the rest of 2022."
The Beers painting was a naturalistic depiction of towering birch trees beside a glistening lake. The 17 inch by 11 inch work (less frame), was signed "Julie H. Beers '78" bottom right and titled on verso. Beers's work conveys the intimacy of the Hudson River and New England's vast landscapes. She was one of only a few prolific female painters of the Victorian era.
Beers was the sister of two other Hudson River School artists: James McDougal Hart and William Hart. She learned to paint from them, as well as her husband, who was also an artist. Her work was widely exhibited throughout the United States, including the Boston Athenaeum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and National Academy of Design.
"It was uplifting to see such strong results for the Julie Beers and Anthony Thieme paintings, as more traditional subjects have been depressed," said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and the firm's Director of Pop Culture. "It was a good sign for the markets as we enter 2022."
The painting by Anthony Thieme (Mass./Calif., 1888-1954) was a watercolor on paper that depicted groups of men in boats floating through calm waters, surrounded by tropical trees. The work measured 19 ½ inches by 28 inches (sight, less frame), and was signed "A Thieme" in the lower right corner. The painting easily bested its $500-$800 estimate, finishing at $12,500.
Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app "Bruneau & Co." on iTunes or GooglePlay. Phone and absentee bids were also accepted. All prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
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