500 Gallery

1243 Pond Street, Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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500 Gallery presents curated and distinctive exhibitions of antique and vintage artworks. The gallery staff is composed of artists and art historians with Masters Degrees and experience in evaluating and authenticating fine art. Most exhibitions culminate in live auctions which are webcast to art buyers world-wide.

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    Geometric Abstraction Artworks Attributed to Theo van Doesburg and Sonia Delaunay Highlight 500 Gallery’s Upcoming Sale

    Christian Emil Marie Küpper, also known as Theo van Doesburg, was the frontrunner of the De Stijl movement. Although his style was Post-Impressionist and Fauvist until 1915, he took to geometric abstraction later, inspired by the works of Piet Mondrian. Contra-composition IV, an oil on wood painting attributed to Theo van Doesburg, is a key highlight of the upcoming 500 Gallery sale. It is characterized by horizontal and vertical shapes and primary colors, very similar to Mondrian’s works. Another noteworthy abstract work is an untitled painting attributed to Mark Rothko. The Latvian-American abstract painter is celebrated for his color field paintings portraying irregular rectangular patches of colors. Sonia Delaunay’s (attributed) Composition also leads the catalog. The gouache and graphite on paper is signed and dated 1968. The Ukrainian-French artist is noted for her use of a strong color palette.  The sale also features Alligator Pears, an oil on sack cloth artwork attributed to Georgia O'Keeffe. It is one of her still lifes from the 1920s that explored fruits and vegetables cultivated at Lake George. To view the complete catalog and register to bid in the upcoming Inspired Masterpieces sale, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Otto Dix’s Study of a Man’s Face Headlines the Fine Art Showcase Sale from 500 Gallery

    500 Gallery’s upcoming Fine Art Showcase sale will feature artworks by prominent artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Leading the sale is Otto Dix’s Study of a Man's Face from 1956. A German Impressionist painter and printmaker, Otto Dix is best known for his grimly realistic portrayals of wartime Germany during the Weimar Republic, despite his art spanning both wars. Art was not about being original for Dix; he cared about making personal statements. The portraits contained elements of caricature, a commentary on social issues through facial characteristics and proportions. The available pencil on sketchbook paper artwork by Dix measures ten inches high and eight inches wide. The unframed work is signed and dated in the lower right corner. As with George Grosz and Max Beckmann, Otto Dix was a key figure in the Neue Sachlichkeit movement. Another distinguishable lot is a reproductive etching of Alexander von Wagner’s painting Chariot Race in the Circus Maximus. With all four hooves lifted off the ground at once, the surging horses seem almost to fly along in front of the viewer, adding to the drama of the scene. The etching was among the largest of its time in the United States. Also on offer is Hebru Brantley’s Nevermore Park Poster on matte paper. Find the listed lots and other online auctions on Bidsquare.

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    Contemporary Classic Artworks Come to Auction with 500 Gallery

    Sanyu, a Chinese-French artist, was one of the prominent oil painters from China to have studied in France in the early 20th century. He was trained in calligraphy under the aegis of the Sichuan calligrapher Zhao Xi. Blue Chrysanthemums in a Glass Vase, an oil on Masonite in the manner of Sanyu, is a key highlight of the upcoming sale from 500 Gallery. It portrays a vase with flowers, which was one of the artist’s popular subjects. It exemplifies his style of simple compositions, neat lines, and an undiluted color palette.  A striking painting attributed to American artist Sam Francis also leads the catalog. The Abstract Expressionist gouache on paper will be sold with a frame. Francis developed a massive collection of works on paper, prints and monotypes, which are displayed across illustrious museums the world over. Another notable Abstract Expressionist work is attributed to Hans Hofmann. The German-born American teacher and painter is noted for creating a spatial illusion through use of bold primary colors and shapes. Also of note is Rosie O'Donnell’s The Pope's Brother, a mixed media on canvas. To view the complete catalog and register to bid in the upcoming Contemporary Classics Auction, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Lee Krasner’s Abstract Composition & Lee Man Fong’s Two Carp Highlighted in 500 Gallery’s Upcoming Auction

    American artist Lee Lenore Krasner (1908 - 1984) was an important figure in the Abstract Expressionist milieu. Her artworks are easily identifiable by their rhythmic quality, rich colors, and gestural brushwork. She is also one of the few women artists to have had a retrospective show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 500 Gallery’s upcoming sale will feature an abstract composition by Krasner. Unframed, the painting measures 20 inches in length and 50 inches wide. A signature can be found in the lower right corner.  A display of two delicate carp painted by Southeast Asian artist Lee Man Fong (1913 - 1988) is another notable lot in the sale. Two Carp is an oil painting stamped with the artist's seal. The artist had a difficult childhood and practiced art at a young age to make ends meet. He learned to sketch life forms from Mei Yutian, a Chinese Modern artist. His subjects included traditional Chinese themes, animals, and scenic landscapes. Other key artists represented in the sale include Rockwell Kent, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Jean Cocteau, Georges Braque, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. To view the complete catalog and register to bid in the upcoming Prestige Collection: 19th and 20th Century Art sale, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Striking 19th- and 20th-Century Art by John Constable, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Available at 500 Gallery

    Fine art from some of the most talented and respected artists of the 19th and 20th centuries will be available in 500 Gallery’s upcoming Connoisseur’s Collection: March Sale. The event will take place live on March 22, 2023 in Franklin, MA, and online bidding is available via Bidsquare. John Constable, Attributed: Blackberry Paysage Leading this 201-lot sale is a landscape painting attributed to English artist John Constable (lot #66; estimate: USD 100,000 - $200,000). Titled Blackberry Paysage, this work is presented in an elaborate frame. 500 Gallery notes that the painting remains in overall very good condition with only slight areas of retouching and scattered areas of light craquelure. Constable lived and worked in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is primarily known for the lush landscape paintings that he completed while residing in east England. Despite becoming one of England’s most famous and revered painters, Constable never achieved financial security from his art during his lifetime. His art reflects the ups and downs of his life, including an element of emotional expression that was uncommon for his era. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Attributed: Two Faces Another notable item in this sale is a painting titled Two Faces, attributed to Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (lot #178; estimate: $40,000 - $60,000). This oil on panel painting was completed around 1914 and formerly belonged to a North Carolina estate. It shows a woman’s face in profile, while a second ghostly, hatted face blends into the background behind her. Schmidt-Rottluff was one of the four founders of the Die Brücke, a group of German Abstract Expressionist artists who embraced emotion, unrealistic color palettes, and “crude” drawing techniques. Schmidt-Rottluff and his fellow painters were determined to create works unlike anything that had been made before. Sam Francis, Attributed: Abstract Expressionist Composition Also on offer is an Abstract Expressionist composition attributed to Sam Francis (lot #140; estimate: $20,000 - $30,000). The gouache on paper piece includes a signature, inventory number, and collection stamp. Collectors can also consider an oil on Masonite study in the manner of Sanyu (lot #49; estimate: $20,000 - $30,000) and a circa 1959…

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    Expressionist and Romantic Paintings Highlight 500 Gallery’s Upcoming Sale

    John Constable was an English landscape artist whose style emulated the Romantic tradition. He was the first English artist to paint out in the open instead of working indoors. He also pioneered a technique to paint foliage in intense green hues. In the formative years of his journey, Constable painted in a happy mood, which reflected in his vibrant strokes. However, in the later years, the same motifs were executed with drooping brushwork, manifesting his dejection. Blackberry Paysage, attributed to John Constable, is a key highlight of the upcoming 500 Gallery sale. The painting is an oil on paper mounted to board. Another noteworthy oil painting on panel, titled Two Faces, is attributed to Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. The German Expressionist painter and printmaker was one of the founders of the Die Brücke artist group. Also of note is an oil on canvas painting attributed to Chile-based Abstract Expressionist Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren. Also known as Roberto Matta, the artist was an influential figure of the 20th century. The available painting exemplifies his Surrealist style. To view the complete catalog and register to bid in the upcoming Connoisseur's Collection: March Sale, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Red Poppy Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe Is Available With 500 Gallery

    Red Poppy, a painting attributed to Georgia O'Keeffe, is a leading lot in the upcoming Antique & Modern Paintings auction from 500 Gallery. The beauty of the wilderness of Wisconsin, where O’Keeffe grew up, inspired her to paint. O’Keeffe explored abstraction in her still lifes, landscapes, and flower paintings such as Red Poppy. The artist would eventually be known as the Mother of American Modernism due to her work in pure abstraction. Another key highlight of this auction is Lee Krasner’s Abstract Composition, an oil painting by a transitional artist who bridged several movements in early-20th-century American art. A bronze garden sculpture, titled Girl on a Swing, by Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872 - 1955) is a top lot among sculptures in this auction. Vonnoh created the piece in 1906. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri and trained at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a sculptor known for depicting graceful, serene women figures with gently sweeping garments. Selected artworks and prints from notable names like Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso are available in the auction as well. Visit Bidsquare to find more information on the upcoming Antique & Modern Paintings sale and browse other online auctions. 

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    500 Gallery to Showcase Rare Pieces by Thomas Hart Benton and Philip Guston in Upcoming Art Auction

    Guns and paintbrushes, for Thomas Hart Benton, served as the last resort of mediation, providing soldiers with the only means of making themselves heard and, therefore, effecting change. 500 Gallery's upcoming Hidden Masterpieces Art Auction will feature one of seven large paintings from the Year of Peril series by Thomas Hart Benton. This series of paintings was created by Benton to shake Americans out of their complacency, confront their overconfidence and overoptimistic view of war, and enlighten them about its grim reality. With this series, Benton expressed his anger at the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Also leading the listings is an oil on canvas painting attributed to Philip Guston. As one of America's best-known painters, Guston fused figurative and abstract art, humor, and tragedy in his works infused with lively touches and emotional resonance. Smoking Head with Plant captures the daring, innovative, and groundbreaking nature that defines Philip Guston's late work, including the darkly humorous iconography that often dominates his paintings. Venice, Rio de Santa Salute, an oil on canvas painting attributed to Claude Monet, is also notable. The French artist is widely recognized as a pioneer of Impressionism, particularly in relation to plein-air landscape painting. You can view the entire catalog of this and other online auctions by visiting Bidsquare.

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    Rufino Tamayo’s Sandías, Theo van Doesburg’s Contra-Composition Lead Upcoming19th and 20th-Century Art Auction by 500 Gallery

    Reducing elements to rudimentary forms and shapes was advocated by De Stijl, a Dutch art movement founded in 1917 in the Netherlands. This art movement was led by artists and architects inspired by pure abstraction and the universality of things. Leading it was Theo van Doesburg (1883 - 1931), who practiced painting, writing, poetry, and architecture. He is best known for combining architecture with abstract art. 500 Gallery’s upcoming sale will present an oil on wood piece titled Contra-Composition IV by van Doesburg. The available painting uses primary colors like black, white, and red and simplified visual compositions of vertical and horizontal blocks. Record-breaking Latin American artist Rufino Tamayo’s Sandías (Watermelons) is another leading lot in the upcoming auction. Tamayo did not shy away from using vivid colors when painting Mexican iconography and everyday life. This wood-on-panel painting from 1955 has different shades of vibrant red that create Tamayo’s signature watermelon slices. Also available in the auction are paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko, Sonia Delaunay, and others. Visit Bidsquare to find the listed items and browse other online auctions. 

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    Lee Krasner’s Abstract Composition & Sanyu’s Vibrant Lilies Highlighted in 500 Gallery’s Upcoming Auction

    Lee Krasner once tore her drawings and threw them on the floor because she hated them. When she saw the scattered pieces again, they looked better to her. Abstract drawings and collages eventually became her specialty. 500 Gallery will soon present Abstract Composition, an oil painting by Lee Krasner, in the upcoming Impressionist, Folk, Pop, and Modern Art auction. Lenore “Lee” Krasner was born on October 27, 1908. She married artist Jackson Pollock. Krasner’s training in depicting human anatomy was more formalized, which inspired Pollack, while Krasner’s art became more unstructured and intuitive like her husband’s. Krasner is now viewed as a transitional figure within abstraction who connected early-20th-century art with the new ideas of post-war America. A vibrant display of delicate flowers painted in the manner of Sanyu (1901 - 1966) is a notable lot in the sale. Vas de Lys sur Fond Marron (A vase of lilies with red ground) is an oil on Masonite painting. Sanyu came from a wealthy family of silk-weavers, which allowed him to practice art from a very young age. Sanyu also had the opportunity to learn calligraphy from Zhao Xi, a Confucian master of the late Qing dynasty. His early works ranged from nudes and animals to flowers. Minimal compositions and audacious colors unite all of his works. Other notable artists represented in the sale include Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jean Cocteau, Paul Gauguin, Wassily Kandinsky, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The sale also features a fine selection of paintings, works on paper, and collectibles. Visit Bidsquare to find the listed items and browse other online auctions.

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    500 Gallery Presents Holiday Season Select Artworks From Private Collections

    The early American Modernist painter John Marin specialized in watercolor, developing a distinctive fusion of realism and abstraction in his bold, fluid style. A pioneer in the exploration of abstract techniques in American art, his compositions were always based on natural forms and rhythms. His exhibition at the Venice Biennale was the first in history to feature an American artist. One of his pieces, titled Manner of Seascape, is up for sale in this Holiday Season Select Artworks from Private Collections sale, hosted by 500 Gallery. The 1941 artwork is a representation of Marin’s work in oil on canvas paintings. The auction also features a 1923 work by Edgar Degas. A French Impressionist artist, Degas is acknowledged as one of the most significant contributors to Impressionism with his expressive paintings of modern Paris. Titled Après le Bain LXX, the offered item is a rare gravure print that is unsigned and unframed. Another highlight of the auction is a Surreal landscape painting by Yves Tanguy. In many ways, Tanguy’s art embodied the Surrealist movement. An American-French painter, Tanguy created hyper-realistic paintings with incredible precision. The surreal quality of his scenes is achieved through a combination of scale and perspective, as well as keen observations of nature. Explore additional online auctions and register to bid online by visiting Bidsquare.

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    Art by John Constable, Tom Wesselmann Showcased in 500 Gallery’s Prestige Collection: Modern & Impressionist Auction

    Works by artists John Constable (1776 – 1837) and Tom Wesselmann (1931 – 2004) will be showcased in 500 Gallery’s upcoming Prestige Collection: Modern & Impressionist auction. English artist John Constable was an important figure to the Impressionist era. He has been credited for being among the first to paint nature and landscape scenes while outdoors. The oil painting in this auction details a scene of men working in a field among farm animals. Framed, the painting measures 15.75 inches in length and 24.25 inches wide. A signature can be found in the lower left corner. It is important to note, however, this signature was from the previous owner and is not the signature of the artist.  American Pop artist Tom Wesselmann was a leading contributor to Modern art during the 1960s. Smoker, the artist’s available 1975 oil painting, depicts a woman’s hand with painted fingernails holding a lit cigarette to her lips as smoke escapes. The artist’s signature and date can be found in marker with pencil-erased numbers next to the signature. Works and prints by Vincent van Gogh, Banksy, Pablo Picasso, and others can also be found in the catalog. Visit Bidsquare to view the entire contents of the Prestige Collection: Impressionist & Modern sale and to browse more online auctions.

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    Attributed Abstract Modernist Works Come to Sale with 500 Gallery’s Hidden Masterpieces Fine Art Auction

    Philip Guston is described as one of the most powerful and promising American painters of the last century. His works reflected varied influences, including figuration inspired by the Renaissance and Abstract Expressionism. He often explored antisemitism, racism, and fascism in cartoonish representations using popular culture symbols such as cigarettes and light bulbs. The upcoming Hidden Masterpieces Fine Art auction, presented by 500 Gallery, will feature a noteworthy oil on canvas painting attributed to Guston. Smoking Head with Plant features his characteristic, often-repeated cartoonish portrait of an ovoid-shaped face smoking a cigarette. Another significant oil on canvas in the catalog is an abstract landscape attributed to Arthur Garfield Dove. The painting has obvious Asian influence with calligraphic lines accentuating vigor. Dove usually made watercolor sketches such as these outdoors and then converted them into oil paintings in his studio. The American Modernist was known for creating abstract landscapes with unusual media combinations. A gouache and graphite on paper composition credited to Sonia Delaunay also leads the listings. The Ukrainian-French artist subscribed to the Orphism art movement known for its geometric shapes and robust colors. The unframed artwork is signed and dated 1968. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Rare Yoruba Tribal Sculptures Will Go Under the Hammer on October 26

    Yoruba and Dogon tribal sculptures are available in the upcoming Connoisseur's Collection: African Tribal Art sale, presented by 500 Gallery this October. The Yoruba people, one of Nigeria’s three main ethnic groups, are renowned for being among Africa's most skilled craftspeople. A sculpted House Post with Queen created by the Yoruba people in the early 20th century is available in the sale. The wooden carving is made to be placed as a stand at an entryway. The main figure is a queen surrounded by children and musicians seated on a decorated stool. The bottom half shows guards standing at the front and back holding a staff as if both welcoming guests and guarding the occupants. Another artwork available in the upcoming sale is an African tribal Dogon equestrian sculpture. It was carved by the Dogon ethnic group of the central plateau region of Mali. The 19th-century carved hardwood sculpture depicts two riders on a horse. As horses have been scarce in Dogon country, the equestrian monument is used as a symbol to represent powerful individuals or those who aspire to achieve such status. Find many other tribal artworks, browse online auctions, and register to place a bid on Bidsquare.

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    Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Frida Kahlo Paintings Lead Fall Auction by 500 Gallery

    Claude Monet, a founder of Impressionism, wanted to remain anonymous most of his life and just paint. As a budding artist, Monet was part of a young group of painters that included Sisley, Renoir, and Cézanne. They were termed the “Impressionists” based on the incomplete-looking, individual strokes of their nouveau paintings. It was something the art world of the late 1800s had never seen before. Monet mastered the art of Impressionism, and he created his most loved and known water lily paintings before he was visually impaired. A painting attributed to Claude Monet depicting a young woman basking in the sun while wearing a hat is among the leading lots in the upcoming fall auction, presented by 500 Gallery. The front pencil monogram reads "Cl. M.”The rocky island of Monhegan is a source of inspiration for many renowned painters. One of those painters was Rockwell Kent, who was also an illustrator and an advertising artist. Kent was also in the limelight when his suspected lover, Sally Maynard Moran, disappeared from the island where he and his wife lived in 1953. This sale will feature a letter to a fan from Rockwell Kent. The typed and hand-signed letter was sent from Kent to a fan named Miss Metcalf in 1963. The sale also offers a selection of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by master artists. Notable names include Wassily Kandinsky, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Otto Dix, Sam Francis, and Andy Warhol. Find the listed items and more online auctions on Bidsquare.