Fourth Annual Fine American Paintings Sale & LIVE Online Auction March 21, 2021 at 12pm

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania – On Sunday, March 21, 2021 beginning at 12pm, Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio is yet again partnering with to ring in the spring season with our fourth annual Fine American Paintings Sale and LIVE Online Auction event.

John Frederick Kensett (American, NY, CT, 1816 - 1872) "Kaaterskill Falls"; Oil on Canvas; 9" x 16"; Period frame, monogrammed "JFK"
John Frederick Kensett (American, NY, CT, 1816 – 1872) “Kaaterskill Falls”; Oil on Canvas; 9″ x 16″; Period frame, monogrammed “JFK”

The sale will present almost one hundred lots of fine art by American and European artists. Included are a wide selection of impressionist, realist, folk art, modern, abstract and surrealist art, decorative art, as well as a few unknown treasures and gems. The online catalog will be available for viewing after March 1, 2021 through our website at

John Pierce Barnes (American, PA 1893 - 1954), "Waterfall"; Oil on Board; 12.75" x 16.25", Signed "John P Barnes"
John Pierce Barnes (American, PA 1893 – 1954), “Waterfall”; Oil on Board; 12.75″ x 16.25″, Signed “John P Barnes”

Works included in the sale reflect a wide spectrum of American art genres, from 18th, 19th and 20th centuries’ Hudson River style and American Impressionism, all the way to 20th and 21st centuries’ contemporary and modern art. Some of the highlights represented are a rare Pennsylvania landscape by famed furniture designer Wharton Esherick, “Kaaterskill Falls”, a landscape by Hudson River painter John Frederick Kensett, an elegant, environmental female portrait by Charles Courtney Curran, impressionist landscapes by John Pierce Barnes, Emile Gruppe, and Henry Snell. Included also are bold and colorful autumn foliage paintings by S. George Phillips, and classic Bucks County winter snow scenes by Walter Emerson Baum. The sale offers a greatly varied selection of paintings, etchings, and drawings of all mediums. 

David Ellinger (American, PA, 1913 - 2003), "Amish School"; Oil on Canvas; 18” x 28”; Signed "D. Ellinger"
David Ellinger (American, PA, 1913 – 2003), “Amish School”; Oil on Canvas; 18” x 28”; Signed “D. Ellinger”

Also included in this sale are paintings by Philadelphia artists and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts students and teachers like surrealist Leon Kelly, abstract painter Leonard Nelson, and African American painter Bernard Harmon, who created vibrant, large scale, expressionist portraits of friends and students.  A special cross section of paintings in various medium is included of the very prolific painter and Pennsylvania Academy student, Albert Van Nesse Greene. It was at the Academy that he studied under and was greatly influenced by the noted Pennsylvania impressionist Daniel Garber. Last but least the sale is highlighting a fine collection of paintings by American folk artist David Ellinger, whose life and connection to rural Pennsylvania produced a quintessential representation of Pennsylvania Dutch family and farm life in his works. Please visit the Gratz Gallery website for a complete auction catalogue. 

Henry Ryan MacGinnis (American, NJ, 1875 - 1962), "Tiger Lilies"; Oil on Canvas; 40” x 30”; monogrammed lower right; signed on verso.
Henry Ryan MacGinnis (American, NJ, 1875 – 1962), “Tiger Lilies”; Oil on Canvas; 40” x 30”; monogrammed lower right; signed on verso.

This is an online exclusive auction, held in cooperation with the auction platform Interested bidders must register and place bids with our online auction collaborators. allows for both absentee and live real-time online bidding. For added convenience, download the Invaluable app to your smart phone and bid from the comfort of your phone. Floor bids are accepted by telephone only. We apologize for the inconvenience, but there will be no in-person bidding. Gratz Gallery is able to extend a low buyer’s premium to our clients, offering very competitive estimates on an exciting inventory of Fine American Paintings.

In-person preview opportunities at Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio in Doylestown are by appointment. In observance of safety concerns and social distancing measures during the pandemic, we will allow visitors to preview the auction by appointment only; mask wearing is required, as is keeping social distancing a priority. We will also offer a link to the entire auction catalogue on our website, beginning March 1, 2021. 

Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio is located at 5230 Silo Hill Road, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, only minutes from the noted James A. Michener Art Museum and their world class Pennsylvania Impressionist art collection. Gratz Gallery has been a leading authority on American Art, and an important member of the Bucks County art community for almost 40 years. Specializing in 19th and 20th century American paintings, with a focus on painters from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the New Hope School of painters, Gratz Gallery offers a wide selection of Fine Art from Impressionism to Modern Art.

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