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Featured Artists From Our 9/20 Catalog: Jane Wilson

One of the most rewarding parts of starting your own collection is finding the stories that excite you. In anticipation of the Fall auction season, we would like to share with you some stories you can look forward to collecting in our September 20th Catalog sale.

Jane Wilson | Female Artists | American Landscape Painter

First up is a singular female artist, Jane Wilson, who painted sweeping expressionist landscapes from a moment of self-actualization in the 60s until her death in January of 2015. She made her start in a New York art scene that was still embroiled in Abstract Expression. Born in Iowa, and having made trips across the country, Wilson found herself gravitating back to the substance of landscape and the fascination she found in weather, light, and earth. She woke up one morning and realized – she would follow her own direction away from the abstract. [1] Beginning with cityscapes, she eventually progressed towards open spaces and clouded skies.

Night and Day by Jane Wilson | Up for Auction 9/20

Dubbed “Artist of the Ethereal” by the New York Times, [2] Wilson created her later works by starting with a horizon line and layering in the color and atmosphere of vast skies and stretches of land. [3] We find that formula applied in Night and Day, the oil on canvas currently featured in our upcoming September catalog sale. Wilson masterfully combines the Impressionist’s knack for capturing the movement and vibrancy of the outdoors with an Abstract Expressionist’s drama and power. A dark swathe of gray storm separates a patch of cornflower blue sky from brilliant green land.

Night and Day (Lot #8574) is estimated between $4,000 and $6,000, to be auctioned September 20th, 2016. It is signed and dated 1988 on verso, and measures 60” x 76” overall.


[1] Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, “’Scumbling’ in a Studio of Her Own,” Wall Street Journal, November 27, 2010.

[2] Bruce Weber, “Jane Wilson, Artist of the Ethereal, Dies at 90,” New York Times, January 19, 2015.

[3] Trachtenberg, “Scumbling.”

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