Posted 3 years ago
E. Charlton Fortune, "Late Afternoon, Monterey,"
Oil on Canvas, circa 1920
Estimate: $100,000 / 200,000
Sold for $210,600 at Michaan's Auctions on December 6, 2010
First and foremost, this was a splendid example of the artist painting a t her best with fresh colors, lively forms, and in her mature impressionist style. One could almost smell the salt air of the Monterey Bay and hear the shouts of the children playing in the late afternoon. Second it was fresh to the market. This piece was mostly purchased shortly after it was painted and placed on a dining room wall of a family home in the San Francisco bay area, not seen by anyone outside family and friends of the owners for the past 80 years. Third, with recent exhibitions and a book about Fortune, the artist's reputation is steadily growing among museums and collectors. Her works are avidly sought after by saving art collectors who recognize that she is still relatively unknown to the larger public and her impressionist landscapes will appreciate in value.