Celebrating the depth of the American spirit

Highlights from the American Art sale on 23 May at Christie’s in New York

The American Art  auction on 23 May at Christie’s in New York includes a strong selection of Impressionist, American West and 19th century masterpieces and sculptures that showcase the best of each genre. Themes of American expansionism, exploration, nationalism and the romance of the West shine through exceptional works by Frederic Remington, Childe Hassam and Albert Bierstadt — to name but a few — and celebrate the depth of the American spirit.

Investigation of the uncharted and majestic West comes in the form of Bierstadt’s Twilight, Lake Tahoe (Estimate: $3,000,000–5,000,000) and Remington’s complex and important bronze Coming Through the Rye, modeled in 1902; cast by 1906 (Estimate: $7,000,000–10,000,000); national pride is reflected in the first work from Hassam’s poignant flag series in Just Off the Avenue, Fifty-third Street, May 1916 (Estimate: $2,000,000–3,000,000), in Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s statue of Victory, a reduction from his monumental equestrian statue of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman (Estimate: $600,000–800,000) and the iconic Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington (Vaughan type) (Estimate: $1,500,000–2,500,000).

From broad sweeps of colour in the modern seascape of Fairfield Porter’s Sun Rising Out of the Mist (Estimate: $1,500,000–2,500,000) to the detailed watercolour of James McNeill Whistler’s The Yellow Room (Estimate: $500,000–700,000) and Mary Cassatt’s captivating portrait Girl in a Bonnet Tied with a Large Pink Bow (Estimate: $2,000,000–3,000,000), the exceptional execution and significance of these works delineate the development of American art and are sure to excite both collectors and art historians.