Beachwood, OH, Mar 22, 2020 — A pair of oil paintings by the Southwestern-influenced artist Robert Daughters (N.M./Az., 1929-2013) sold for a combined $35,670 in an online fine art auction held Feb. 22 by Neue Auctions. The 205-lot event included paintings, works on paper, and sculpture. Many of the works were bold and vibrant, as Neue Auctions strove to “bring back the color.”
The auction’s top lot – Daughters’ Taos Homestead – was pulled from the estate of a Tennessee physician, a collection that heavily featured contemporary scenes from the American Southwest. At $19,680, the 20 inch by 24 inch canvas sailed past its $8,000- $12,000 estimate and captured the stark contrasts in light between the buildings, the surrounding mountains and the distant sky.
The other Daughters’ painting, titled Ranchos Chapel, Taos, was a more intimate piece, with a view of a chapel and its path with the surrounding landscape in near darkness. The work, housed in a 28 inch by 31 ½ inch frame, sold for $15,990.
The auction, which brought together collections and estates both private as well as corporate, contained items at a variety of price levels. “The sale came together in a wonderful way,” said Neue Auctions managing partner Cynthia Maciejewski. “With a mixture of modern and contemporary art, this provided us with an opportunity to reach some new buyers.”
More than 20 paintings by John Nieto (Tex., N.M., 1936-2018), another painter heavily influenced by the Southwest, came up for bid. Nieto’s work employs vibrant primary colors to capture the people and wildlife of the American Southwest. His acrylic on canvas titled Deer Dancer, portraying a Native American, 42 inches by 31½ inches (framed) sold for $10,455, over two times the estimate. Another piece by Nieto, a diminutive (22 inches by 17 ½ inches framed) acrylic on canvas showing howling wolves titled Lunar Duet (Wolfs), brought $5,412.
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