american art painting

American Art Week

December 4-6

American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists
Featuring the Collection of 
Charles and Virginia Bowden

December 4 at 2 PM

American Art
Lots 1-69

From William Holbrook Beard’s The Guardians of the Flag to William Herbert Dunton’s Grizzly Bear to Bo Bartlett’s The Promised Land, works in the American Art section span from the mid-19th to the early-21st century and extend across artistic movements and collecting genres. The sale features fine examples by seminal figures in the field, including N.C. and Andrew Wyeth, Marsden Hartley, Charles Burchfield, Guy Carleton Wiggins, and many others.



The Collection of Charles and Virginia Bowden
Lots 43-69

The Collection of Charles and Virginia Bowden brings together an exciting array of early-20th century American paintings and works on paper, with a special emphasis on the artists of the Ashcan School. Led by Robert Henri's Spanish Gypsy (Dolores) and complemented by exceptional oils from William Glackens, John Sloan, George Bellows, and Jane Peterson, the collection reflects the Bowdens’ decades-long commitment to American art.



Pennsylvania Impressionists
Lots 70-105

Freeman's December 4 sale features yet another strong outing of Pennsylvania Impressionist works. Along with marquee examples by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, George Sotter, and Fern Coppedge, we are proud to present a number of fresh-to-market and important works by women artists associated with the 'Philadelphia Ten' collective, including Emma Fordyce MacRae, Susette Keast, and Mary-Elizabeth Price, whose dazzling tri-fold screen comes deaccessioned by the Wolf Museum of Art and Music in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.




A Beautiful Reality:
The Fine Art Collection of
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Rifkin

December 5 at 12 PM

The Rifkin Collection serves as a visual guide and reminder of how American Art was meant to be collected in the 1980s — a balance between well-established names and new talent and forces emerging onto the scene

This single-owner sale celebrates the expert and refined taste of longtime Wilkes-Barre, PA residents, Arnold and Sandy Rifkin. The couple collected important American Art for nearly forty years, with a special focus on the bold and rebellious Ashcan School, which the Rifkins discovered through the collection of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The sale is led by the charming Afternoon in Provence by William Glackens and George Bellows' striking Portrait of August Lundberg. Fine examples by Charles Burchfield, Everett Shinn, Reginald Marsh, and Ernest Lawson complete the sale. 




Collect: American Art
December 6 at 11 AM



Collect: American Art

Collect: American Art features 19th- and 20th-century painting by major American artists, from Martha Walter and George Cope to Arthur Meltzer and Joseph Barrett. With several prints by the eminent Pennsylvania Impressionist Daniel Garber, drawings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Mary Cassatt, and five paintings and drawings by Bo Bartlett, the auction offers distinguished collecting opportunities across a range of important American art.