Celebrating Women’s History Month through our Fine and Decorative Arts Auction

Women’s History Month, which is celebrated in March in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, had its origins in a small-town school event in California that evolved gradually into Women’s History Week. Then, through the Congressional National Women’s History Project (Pub. L. 100-9) in 1987, it continued its growth into the month-long national annual celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society.

In celebration of Women’s History Month this March 2019, Heritage Auctions is awarding special focus to the work of woman painters, printmakers and sculptors represented in our March 8-10 Fine and Decorative Arts Auction.

Spanning nationalities, genres and media, the woman artists represented in the auction range chronologically from the late 18th century to the present day, and the catalog highlights their artistic contributions through individual biographical notes. The sheer diversity of their work underscores the creative drive women have always had, within every culture, regardless of whether or not their gender blocked access to professional training in the period before the modern era.

Notable works by women in our upcoming auction include:

Two paintings by the self-taught African-American artist, Sister Gertrude Morgan, which were acquired by Rod McKuen and Edward Habib directly from the artist.

Sister Gertrude Morgan (American, 1900-1980)
Everlasting Gospel Ship
Mixed media on paper

Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000


Several landscapes of the Pacific Northwest by Eliza Barchus, who supported her family with her brush following her husband’s untimely death.

Eliza Rosanna Lamb Barchus (American, 1857-1959)
Yosemite from Artist Point
Oil on canvas

Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500


Barbara Takenaga’s swirling, dot-based abstraction that recalls cosmic and cellular imagery;

Barbara Takenaga (American, b. 1949)
White Trail (blue), 2008
Acrylic on panel

Estimate: $700 – $1,000


Two still lifes of Native American artifacts by Arizona painter Sue Krzyston;

Sue Krzyston (American, b. 1948)
Enduring Qualities, 2007
Oil on canvas

Estimate: $1,000 – $2,000.


A vivid abstraction by Sophie Matisse, the great-granddaughter of iconic French artist Henri Matisse

Sophie Matisse (American, b. 1965)
Fahrenheit, 2008
Oil, acrylic, and gouache on canvas

Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000.


A big-eyed girl in Young Girl as Clown by Margaret Keane, a painter who had to go to court to prove that she (and not her ex-husband) created her body of work for which he was taking credit.

Margaret Keane (American, b. 1927)
Young Girl as Clown
Oil on canvas

Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000.


Posted by Marianne Berardi, PhD

Senior Expert, Fine Art

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