Though he is most widely known as the only American to design scarves for the fashion juggernaut Hermès, Kermit Oliver managed to land that position because of the reputation of his paintings. When asked, Oliver states that he was a postman first, where he remained until eligible for retirement. He lives in the small town of Refugio, Texas and has never sought the limelight. He remained relatively unknown for much of his career as a painter. Still, Oliver was named the 2017 Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist by the Texas Commission on the Arts, and his painting, Tobias, was included in the 2016 inaugural exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Another of his paintings is featured in The Collect: American Art auction offered by Freeman’s. It shows a whimsical group of animals gathering on the beach.
Also in the sale is work by American artists from the 19th century to the present. There are multiple works up for bid by Pennsylvania Impressionists Daniel Garber and Harry Leith-Ross, as well as landscapes by Bruce Crane and portraits by Thomas Anshutz. Further items of interest include works by Andrew Wyeth and family, a Jane Peterson still life, and several watercolors and drawings by Arthur Beecher Carles. View any of these lots and register to bid on Freeman’s.
Lot Categories:Decorative Arts, Fine Art (155)
# of Lots:155
Price Range:$800 - $6,000
Interesting lots include:
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|Jane Peterson, Still Life with Irises|| Estimate: |
|Kermit Oliver, Untitled (Beach Menagerie)|| Estimate: |
|William M. Lanning, Still Life with Fruit and Squirrel|| Estimate: |
|Ralph Albert Blakelock, Indian with Horse and Cart|| Estimate: |
|Bo Bartlett, Portrait of Melonie Moultrie|| Estimate: |