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Who is Albert Ernest Bean Backus?
A. E. (Bean) Backus was born in 1906 in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Although he moved to New York briefly to study at the Parsons School of Design and Art, Backus returned to Ft. Pierce where he lived and worked until his death in 1990. During that time, he worked to depict his home state's natural beauty. Albert Ernest Bean Backus' paintings showcase his keen ability to capture light and his extensive knowledge of Florida's plant and animal life. Today, the largest collection of Albert Ernest Bean Backus' prints can be found in the eponymous gallery just two blocks from his old home. 

Albert Ernest Bean Backus' paintings feature thick strokes of saturated hues. Although his style was emulated by other Floridian painters, genuine Albert Ernest Bean Backus paintings' prices continue to rise. Buy lush landscape paintings for sale at Invaluable to add a touch of the exceptional to your home.
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Albert Ernest Backus 1906-1990 Florida Painting W/ COA

Lot 35: Albert Ernest Backus 1906-1990 Florida Painting W/ COA

Auction Date: Nov 20, 2021

Estimate: $5,000 - $30,000

Description: Florida Painting W/ COA After Albert Ernest Backus 1906-1990 . Frame Measure 33" x 44", Sight 23.5" x 35.5". From A South Florida Estate. Please note: we attribute this work to based upon the quality and The presence of a signature. We are not an authentication service. We can only declare the work as attributed to based upon the factors mentioned. Please carefully read our terms of sale, shipping information, and request any condition reports or photos prior to placing a bid. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. RBFineArts CFL INC. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections, or the effects of aging. Please email for a condition report and photos, if desired. Emails should be received at least 48 hours in advance of the date of the auction....

Location: Tavares , FL, US

Auction House: RB Fine Arts

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST HIBISCUS LITHOGRAPH

Lot 116127: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST HIBISCUS LITHOGRAPH

Auction Date: Nov 20, 2021

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: 116127A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST HIBISCUS LITHOGRAPH
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Florida hall of fame artist. Lithograph - Signed in print lower right. Print measures 9.5x12 matted and frame to 19.5x23.5.
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS VIEW OF THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON

Lot 116123: A.E. BACKUS VIEW OF THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON

Auction Date: Nov 20, 2021

Estimate: $25,000 - $45,000

Description: 116123A.E. BACKUS VIEW OF THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (1906 ?1990) Indian River School, founder of the Highwaymen movement - Florida Artist. Oil on canvas - Signed lower right dated 1989. Use of brush and palette knife. Titled "View OfThe Indian River Lagoon" - A cluster of palms sway gently in the afternoon breeze overlooking the lagoon. Fluffy white clouds abound reflecting the suns brilliant rays as sailboats drift gently by in the distance.Canvas measures 24x30 framed to overall size of 31x37. Accompanied with an appraisal from the Backus Museum of $40,000 in 2007. Albert Ernest Backus (1906-1990) was alargely self-taught artist from Fort Pierce, Florida who created iconic images of the timeless beauty of the Florida landscape.
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST CHINA MANS DREAM

Lot 116124: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST CHINA MANS DREAM

Auction Date: Nov 20, 2021

Estimate: $17,000 - $24,000

Description: 116124A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST CHINA MANS DREAM
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Indian River School - Florida Artist painting. Oil on canvas - Signed lower right. Featured in the A.E. Backus book - "Chinaman's Dream" is apainting of a nude woman appearing in a cloud of smoke from a pipe. A man is pictured in the lower portion reclining while smoking an opium pipe. Subliminal hints to "chasing the dragon" as a shadowy dragon shaped figurewith a glowing green eye can be seen in the background. This painting was done as a commissioned piece in 1949. The client had seen this image as a tattoo on a sailor's arm while in the Navy during WWII and askedBackus to commission the painting. Canvas measures 36x60 framed to overall size of 44x68. Albert Ernest Backus was a largely
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS GICLEE PENNEYS SUNSET YELLOW HIBISCUS

Lot 116125: A.E. BACKUS GICLEE PENNEYS SUNSET YELLOW HIBISCUS

Auction Date: Nov 20, 2021

Estimate: $500 - $1,500

Description: 116125A.E. BACKUS GICLEE PENNEYS SUNSET YELLOW HIBISCUS
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Florida Artist Giclee. Limited Edition Giclee. "Penney's Sunset" yellow hibiscus. Unframed Giclee measures 12.5x16.5 matted to17.25x22.25.
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH PINE COUNTRY

Lot 116129: A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH PINE COUNTRY

Auction Date: Nov 20, 2021

Estimate: $100 - $200

Description: 116129A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH PINE COUNTRY
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Florida hall of fame artist. Pencil Sketch Print - Signed in print lower right. 1972 "Pine Country". Print measures 11x14. Outstanding example from theOriginal Backus Folio created by the Ft. Pierce Art League. Printed in limited edition copies - 577/999
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS GICLEE NORTH BEACH

Lot 116126: A.E. BACKUS GICLEE NORTH BEACH

Auction Date: Nov 20, 2021

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: 116126A.E. BACKUS GICLEE NORTH BEACH
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Florida Artist Canvas Giclee. "North Beach" Giclee sold in Backus Museum. Canvas measures 20x24 framed to overall size of 24x28.
Condition: VeryFine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH THE CRAB SELLER

Lot 116130: A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH THE CRAB SELLER

Auction Date: Nov 20, 2021

Estimate: $100 - $200

Description: 116130A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH THE CRAB SELLER
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Florida hall of fame artist. Pencil Sketch Print - Signed in print lower right. 1953 "The Crab Seller - Nassau". Print measures 11x14. Outstandingexample from the Original Backus Folio created by the Ft. Pierce Art League. Printed in limited edition copies - 577/999
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American (Florida) Offset Lithograph

Lot 24: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American (Florida) Offset Lithograph

Auction Date: Nov 09, 2021

Estimate: $500 - $800

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American (Florida) Offset Lithograph,measures 11" x14"...

Location: Cutler Bay, FL, US

Auction House: Florat Jewelry Corp

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Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American (Florida)

Lot 63: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American (Florida)

Auction Date: Nov 09, 2021

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,500

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American (Florida) Oil / Canvas ,Signed Lower Right ,measures 18" x 14"...

Location: Cutler Bay, FL, US

Auction House: Florat Jewelry Corp

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A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH PRINT EVERGLADES FRAMED

Lot 115106: A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH PRINT EVERGLADES FRAMED

Auction Date: Oct 16, 2021

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: 115106A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH PRINT EVERGLADES FRAMED
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Florida hall of fame artist. Pencil Sketch Print - Signed in print lower right. 1970 "Paurotis - Everglades". Print measures 11x14 framed to16x19.
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST WINDSWEPT RIVERSIDE

Lot 115105: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST WINDSWEPT RIVERSIDE

Auction Date: Oct 16, 2021

Estimate: $12,000 - $20,000

Description: 115105A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST WINDSWEPT RIVERSIDE
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Indian River School - Florida Artist painting. Oil on canvas. Signed lower right. Full palette knife throughout - Professionally cleaned andpreserved with a light varnish. Classic windswept riverside scene with lush greenery, rippling blue waters, and fluffy peach clouds. Canvas measures 16x20 framed to overall size of 21x25. Albert Ernest Backus was a largely self-taught artist from Fort Pierce, Florida who created the Highwaymen movement - capturing the images of the timeless beautyof the Florida landscape.
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH ROAD THROUGH THE PINES

Lot 115108: A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH ROAD THROUGH THE PINES

Auction Date: Oct 16, 2021

Estimate: $100 - $200

Description: 115108A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH ROAD THROUGH THE PINES
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie"(January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Florida hall of fame artist. Pencil Sketch Print - Signed in print lower right. 1970 "Road Through The Pines". Print measures 11x14. Outstanding examplefrom the Original Backus Folio created by the Ft. Pierce Art League. Printed in limited edition copies - 577/999
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH NAVY ISLAND JAMAICA

Lot 115107: A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH NAVY ISLAND JAMAICA

Auction Date: Oct 16, 2021

Estimate: $100 - $200

Description: 115107A.E. BACKUS PENCIL SKETCH NAVY ISLAND JAMAICA
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Florida hall of fame artist. Pencil Sketch Print - Signed in print lower right. 1971 "From Navy Island-Jamaica". Print measures 11x14.Outstanding example from the Original Backus Folio created by the Ft. Pierce Art League. Printed in limited edition copies - 577/999
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST INDIAN RIVER PAINTING

Lot 115104: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST INDIAN RIVER PAINTING

Auction Date: Oct 16, 2021

Estimate: $15,000 - $30,000

Description: 115104A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST INDIAN RIVER PAINTING
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie" (January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990) Indian River School - Florida Artist Painting. Founder of the Highwaymen movement. Oil on Canvas- signed lower right. Florida wetland scene. Lushcabbage palms and loblolly pines. Rich in its capture of the ever vanishing natural flora and fauna of the Florida wilderness. Canvas measures 24x36 framed to overall size of 28x40. Albert Ernest Backus was a largely self-taught artist from Fort Pierce, Florida who created the Highwaymen movement - capturing the images of the timeless beautyof the Florida landscape.
Condition: Very Fine. Canvas should be re-stretched.
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American

Lot 76: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American

Auction Date: Sep 26, 2021

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American
Oil on Canvas
Measure 11 1/2"in H x 15 1/2"in W and 15 1/2"in H x 19 1/2"in W with frame

Known for: Everglade landscape, trees and figure painting
Name variants: AE Bean Backus, Bean (Beanie) Backus
Biography: A painter whose career was almost entirely focused on Florida landscapes, skyscapes, people and botanics, Albert Backus is regarded as the Dean of Florida Painters. He first received attention for his still-lifes, especially hibiscus, and later for his landscape and figure works of the Florida backwoods country. Although he was basically self-taught, taking summer classes at the Parsons School in New York City, he gave lessons to numerous artists. Today, among persons knowledgeable about American folk art, Albert Backus is known as the most influential person of The Highwaymen, a group of 1950s African-Americans who are arguably the best known of the Florida folk-art painters. Using art expression as a way of working through their despair at having no future beyond their jobs as workers in citrus groves and packing houses, The Highwaymen sold paintings out of their vehicles. Described as creating "hybrid versions" of the painting style of Backus, (Neal) members of the group, whose leader Alfred Hair was a student of Backus, were also inspired by his personal advocation of equal rights and racial tolerance. His work can be found in the LBJ Texas library, the rooms of the Georgia State Supreme Court and the A.E. "Bean" Backus Gallery and Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, which is the location of his studio and much of his collection of paintings and original sketches including the earliest known work, painted in 1918 and the unfinished painting on his easel at the time of his death. Also at the Backus Gallery and Museum is a collection of work by The Highwaymen.
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Location: Coral Gables, FL, US

Auction House: Coral Gables Auction

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Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990)

Lot 2: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990)

Auction Date: Sep 01, 2021

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus, American (1906 - 1990) Oil on Board "Yellow Hibiscus Still Life" Signed Lower Right. Sight measures 15-1/2" x 11-1/2", frame measures 25" x 20-7/8". Condition: Appears to the have some minor paint scuffs due to the frame overall good condition. Estimate: $6000.00 - $8000.00 Domestic Shipping: $385.00...

Location: Dania Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Kodner Galleries

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Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990)

Lot 1: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990)

Auction Date: Sep 01, 2021

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus, American (1906 - 1990) Oil on Canvas "Florida Landscape with Palm Trees" Signed Lower Right. Measures 24" x 20", frame measures 28" x 23-7/8". Condition: Good condition. Estimate: $15000.00 - $25000.00 Domestic Shipping: Third party...

Location: Dania Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Kodner Galleries

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Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990)

Lot 3: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990)

Auction Date: Sep 01, 2021

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus, American (1906 - 1990) Oil on Canvas "Red Hibiscus Still Life" Signed Lower Right. Measures 16" x 20", frame measures 21-1/2" x 25-1/2". Condition: Has an area with restoration work noticeable en verso of the canvas otherwise good condition. Estimate: $6000.00 - $8000.00 Domestic Shipping: $385.00...

Location: Dania Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Kodner Galleries

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Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American

Lot 25: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American

Auction Date: Aug 18, 2021

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990) American

Oil on Canvas
Measure 11 1/2"in H x 15 1/2"in W and 15 1/2"in H x 19 1/2"in W with frame

Known for: Everglade landscape, trees and figure painting
Name variants: AE Bean Backus, Bean (Beanie) Backus
Biography: A painter whose career was almost entirely focused on Florida landscapes, skyscapes, people and botanics, Albert Backus is regarded as the Dean of Florida Painters. He first received attention for his still-lifes, especially hibiscus, and later for his landscape and figure works of the Florida backwoods country. Although he was basically self-taught, taking summer classes at the Parsons School in New York City, he gave lessons to numerous artists. Today, among persons knowledgeable about American folk art, Albert Backus is known as the most influential person of The Highwaymen, a group of 1950s African-Americans who are arguably the best known of the Florida folk-art painters. Using art expression as a way of working through their despair at having no future beyond their jobs as workers in citrus groves and packing houses, The Highwaymen sold paintings out of their vehicles. Described as creating "hybrid versions" of the painting style of Backus, (Neal) members of the group, whose leader Alfred Hair was a student of Backus, were also inspired by his personal advocation of equal rights and racial tolerance. His work can be found in the LBJ Texas library, the rooms of the Georgia State Supreme Court and the A.E. "Bean" Backus Gallery and Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, which is the location of his studio and much of his collection of paintings and original sketches including the earliest known work, painted in 1918 and the unfinished painting on his easel at the time of his death. Also at the Backus Gallery and Museum is a collection of work by The Highwaymen.
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Location: Coral Gables, FL, US

Auction House: Coral Gables Auction

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Albert Ernest Backus painting

Lot 284: Albert Ernest Backus painting

Auction Date: Aug 08, 2021

Estimate: $17,000 - $22,000

Description:

Albert Ernest Backus 
painting
Florida
oil on canvas
signed
24.5"h x 29.5"w
overall: 31.5"h x 36.5"w

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Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

Auction House: Treadway Gallery

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST LAKE YALE FLORIDA

Lot 112058: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST LAKE YALE FLORIDA

Auction Date: Jun 26, 2021

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description:
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie"(January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990), Florida Hall of fame artist, Indian River School, 1971 print. Pencil print of a work titled "Lake Yale Florida", signed in print lower right.Measures 11 x 14 framed to overall size of 19x23.
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST PASTEL CLOUDS

Lot 112059: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST PASTEL CLOUDS

Auction Date: Jun 26, 2021

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

Description:
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie"(January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990), Florida Artist.. Oil on artist board full palette knife - signed lower right Circa 1959. Pastel peach clouds seem to linger a little longer to enjoy thequiet inlet of the river. Board measures 16x20 framed to overall size of 23x27. Albert Ernest Backus (1906-1990) was a largely self-taught artist from Fort Pierce,Florida who created iconic images of the timeless beauty of the Florida landscape.
Condition: Very Fine
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990)

Lot 18: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (1906 - 1990)

Auction Date: Jun 06, 2021

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (Florida 1906 - 1990) Florida seascape painting. Oil on board. Signed lower right. Albert Backus is regarded as the Dean of Florida Painters. He first received attention for his still-lifes, especially hibiscus, and later for his landscape and figure works of the Florida backwoods country.

Sight Size: 12 x 16 in.
Overall Framed Size: 19 x 23 in.
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Location: Sarasota, FL, US

Auction House: Helmuth Stone

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Albert E. Backus (American/Florida, 1906-1990), "Marshland with a Horse and Herons "

Lot 659: Albert E. Backus (American/Florida, 1906-1990), "Marshland with a Horse and Herons "

Auction Date: Jun 06, 2021

Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000

Description: Albert E. Backus
(American/Florida, 1906-1990)

"Marshland with a Horse and Herons on a Florida Ranch"

oil on canvas
signed lower right.
Framed.
20" x 24", framed 26-3/4" x 30-3/4"

Provenance: Private collection, Florida.

Exhibited: Harold Newton Retrospective, 1954-1992, Foosaner Art Museum, Melbourne, Florida, November 6-December 19, 2020.

Notes: "We really do have Backus clouds, and often. We really do have water that color, and peculiar light effects, and often…. Actually, Backus is "telling it like it is" - namely, beautiful" - Griffin Smith, art critic/editor, "Backus Reigns at Bacardi", Miami Herald, Jan 11, 1970,

A.E. "Bean" Backus, often regarded painter laureate of Florida, a native son and visual poet, captured the flora and fauna of Florida for more than half a century, inspiring generations to come, most notably the Highwaymen. Largely self-taught, his style is unique to Florida - it is vivid, bold; it is bright, even a little kitsch at times in its iconic skyline grandeur - an homage to his early commercial days - but, above all, the lighting is magnetic. Backus' command of colors, executed through broad palette knives and later brushwork, scintillate. The billowing clouds, roiling shadows, and mangroves that devour all evoke the heat of the tropical climate, creating an effect as visceral as it is visual


By the 1980s, Backus was at the apex of his success. Demand was so great for his landscapes that the Miami Herald reported that he had a two-year backlog of orders from wealthy collectors and businessmen that included former President Lyndon B. Johnson, governors, congressmen, and majors ranchers and agricultural developers - for which commissions included travel by airboat and swamp buggy to reach Florida terrain unadulterated by development and tourism. This unique commission celebrates flora and wetlands of Florida ranches as well its fauna- the herons and a prized halter horse.
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Location: New Orleans, LA, US

Auction House: New Orleans Auction Galleries

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Albert Backus 1906-1990 Florida Wetlands Painting

Lot 25: Albert Backus 1906-1990 Florida Wetlands Painting

Auction Date: May 26, 2021

Estimate: $1,000 - $10,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (American, 1906-1990). Original Indian River School oil painting. Titled "Old Snag In The Wetlands," circa 1950. Features a lush Florida wetlands landscape with billowing clouds in the sky. This painting is an fine example of Backus working at the height of his abilities. Housed in original Backus Studio hand crafted frame designed by Willie Pelt. Bears in red previous owner's name and location on verso. No apparent signature. Painting includes Certificate of Authenticity from Florida Art Appraisals, written by art specialist Kathleen P. Fredrick. Certificate states, "This painting, though unsigned, is unquestionably an original oil painting by the hand of A.E. Backus." Backus mentored and influenced the Florida Highwaymen movement. Work Size: 25 x 30 in.

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Location: Sunrise, FL, US

Auction House: Hill Auction Gallery

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A.E. BACKUS INTO THE GARDEN LITHOGRAPH

Lot 111081: A.E. BACKUS INTO THE GARDEN LITHOGRAPH

Auction Date: May 22, 2021

Estimate: $100 - $300

Description:
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie"(January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990). Limited edition numbered lithograph by A.E. "Bean" Backus. Print measures 23x31. Titled "Into The Garden" 197/1000
Condition: FineLithograph
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS ROYAL POINCIANA LITHOGRAPH

Lot 111082: A.E. BACKUS ROYAL POINCIANA LITHOGRAPH

Auction Date: May 22, 2021

Estimate: $100 - $300

Description:
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie"(January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990). Limited edition numbered lithograph from the A.E. "Bean" Backus Fort Pierce Arts League. Print measures 24x28. Titled "Royal Poinciana -1977" 38/1000
Condition: FineLithograph
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST PENCIL SKETCH PRINT

Lot 111079: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST PENCIL SKETCH PRINT

Auction Date: May 22, 2021

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description:
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie"(January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990), Florida hall of fame artist, authentic print. 1970 "Paurotis - Everglades". Print measures 11" x 14", signed in print lower right.
Condition: VeryFineOil
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST FLORAL STILL LIFE

Lot 111078: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST FLORAL STILL LIFE

Auction Date: May 22, 2021

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Description:
Backus, Albert Ernest "Beanie"(January 3, 1906 ? June 6, 1990), Florida Artist. Oil on masonite - signed lower right. Stunning Picasso rendering of a floral still life. Board measures 20x24 framed to overall sizeof 26x30. Albert Ernest Backus (1906-1990) was a largely self-taught artist from Fort Pierce, Florida who created iconic images of thetimeless beauty of the Florida landscape.
Condition: Very FineOil
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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Albert E. Backus (American, 1906-1990), "Beckers Ranch [sic], West of Stuart Florida""

Lot 83: Albert E. Backus (American, 1906-1990), "Beckers Ranch [sic], West of Stuart Florida""

Auction Date: Apr 11, 2021

Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000

Description: Albert E. Backus
(American/Florida, 1906-1990)

"Beckers Ranch [sic], West of Stuart, Florida", ca. 1970s,
probably commissioned by citrus magnate Richard E. Becker (1915-2005)

oil on canvas
signed lower right, also signed, titled and numbered "629" en verso and on frame backing.
Presented in the original custom-made Backus frame.
25" x 30", framed 33-1/8" x 38"

Provenance: Private collection, Florida.

Notes: "We really do have Backus clouds, and often. We really do have water that color, and peculiar light effects, and often…. Actually, Backus is "telling it like it is" - namely, beautiful" - Griffin Smith, art critic/editor, "Backus Reigns at Bacardi", Miami Herald, Jan 11, 1970,

A.E. "Bean" Backus, often regarded painter laureate of Florida, a native son and visual poet, captured the flora and fauna of Florida for more than half a century, inspiring generations to come, most notably the Highwaymen. Largely self-taught, his style is unique to Florida - it is vivid, bold; it is bright, even a little kitsch at times in its iconic skyline grandeur - an homage to his early commercial days - but, above all, the lighting is magnetic. Backus' command of colors, executed through broad palette knives and later brushwork, scintillate. The billowing clouds, roiling shadows, and mangroves that devour all evoke the heat of the tropical climate, creating an effect as visceral as visual: balmy clouds, palms that rustle, and reflections so luminous the need for sunscreen and sunglasses is felt.

Backus' virtuoso is largely innate. Born in 1906, the son of a boat maker on Hutchinson's island across the Indian River from mainland Fort Pierce, Backus grew up on the rivers, inlets, and beaches of Florida. The landscape from an early age was an indelible part of his life. His early artistic endeavors were encouraged by his Uncle Reg, who supported summer studies at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (now Parsons School of Design), and by Dorothy Binney, heiress to the Crayola crayon inventor. She was Backus' first patron and persuaded him to embrace landscape painting over commercial art. World War II, ironically, also fostered the young artist's talent. As a quartermaster in the U.S. Navy, Backus was exposed to many exotic landscapes across the South Seas and Central America that his commander aboard the USS Hermitage (AP-54) encouraged him to paint by procuring the necessary materials for him at ports of call.

After the war Backus returned to Florida and set up a studio in Fort Pierce, converting the family's old boat works on Moore Creek into a Bohemian artist space, open to fellow artists and musicians that attracted both the who's who of Florida clientele and young local artists seeking training like Alfred Hair and Harold Nelson, who went on to establish a twenty-six member African-American movement of Florida landscape painters in the late 1950s and 1960, taking to the highways of Florida to exhibit and sell their works out of their cars in the wake of Jim Crow laws that ostracized them from the established venues.

By the 1970s, when this work was painted, Backus was at the apex of his success. Demand was so great for his landscapes that the Miami Herald reported that he had a two-year backlog of orders from wealthy collectors and businessmen that included former President Lyndon B. Johnson, governors, congressmen, and majors ranchers and agricultural developers - for which commissions included travel by airboat and swamp buggy to reach Florida terrain unadulterated by development and tourism. This landscape was likely commissioned in the mid-to-late 1970s by citrus magnate Richard E. Becker. His 15,000-acre ranch spanned the Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties, incorporating areas of west Stuart township and its iconic Water Tower, which is centrally located in the center of this painting on the distant horizon with the subtle flicker of light indicative of its iconic American flag painted in 1776 to commemorate the bi-centennial. This work exemplifies Backus at his best - emerald blue skies, voluminous clouds, and colors that dance like miniature crystals of light off the tree bark, dirt path and white of the cattle at midday. The presence of the water tower, the figurative inclusion of the rancher and cattle is indeed an unusual inclusion, a rarity in the annals of Backus that bespeaks the importance of such a commission.
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Location: New Orleans, LA, US

Auction House: New Orleans Auction Galleries

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Albert Backus Rainbow After The Storm Ft. Pierce

Lot 109: Albert Backus Rainbow After The Storm Ft. Pierce

Auction Date: Jan 17, 2021

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000

Description: BACKUS, Albert E. "Beanie", (American, 1906-1990): Coastal scene of Ft. Pierce with vibrant rainbow breaking through the clouds, Oil/Canvas, signed lower right, 16" x 12", framed 26" x 22". Rainbow scenes from Backus are quite rare with only a few known examples. Chips to frame....

Location: Sarasota, FL, US

Auction House: Amero Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST JAMAICAN SCENE PRINT

Lot 108088: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST JAMAICAN SCENE PRINT

Auction Date: Jan 16, 2021

Estimate: $300 - $600

Description:
A.E. Backus, Florida Artist Indian River School Hall of Fame Artist, print. Titled "Up the Shore - 1952", stunning Jamaican scene. Print measures 24" x 20", 31" x 29*" framed
Condition: Very Fine.
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST PRINT BEYOND THE HAMMOCK

Lot 108085: A.E BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST PRINT BEYOND THE HAMMOCK

Auction Date: Jan 16, 2021

Estimate: $300 - $500

Description:
A. E. Backus, Florida Artist Indian River School, Hall of fame artist, numbered print. Titled "Beyond the Hammock 1969". Numbered 722/1000, Image measures 18.5" x 23", 31.5" x 27.5" framed.
Condition: Very Fine.
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA HALL OF FAME ARTIST PRINT

Lot 108086: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA HALL OF FAME ARTIST PRINT

Auction Date: Jan 16, 2021

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description:
A.E. Backus, Florida Hall of fame artist, Indian River School, 1972 print. Pencil print of a work titled "Mangroves", signed in print lower right. Measures 11' x 14".
Condition: Very Fine.
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA HALL OF FAME ARTIST PRINT

Lot 108087: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA HALL OF FAME ARTIST PRINT

Auction Date: Jan 16, 2021

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description:
A.E. Backus, Florida Hall of fame artist, Indian River School, 1971 print. Pencil print of a work titled "Lake Yale Florida", signed in print lower right. Measures 11' x 14".
Condition: Very Fine.
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS SELF PORTRAIT IN PENCIL TO VINIKOFF

Lot 108090: A.E. BACKUS SELF PORTRAIT IN PENCIL TO VINIKOFF

Auction Date: Jan 16, 2021

Estimate: $750 - $1,500

Description:
A.E. Backus self portrait from 1976, for Sam Vinikoff. Vinikoff was a local "Artist of the Everglades" known for caricatures. This sketch is titled "A.E. Backus March 1976", and signed 'Best Wishes to Vinikoff, A.E.Backus.' It is also signed by Vinikoff. The paper measures 8" x 10"
Size: 14" x 16" framed
Condition: Very Fine.
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST ROYAL POINCIANA PRINT

Lot 108089: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST ROYAL POINCIANA PRINT

Auction Date: Jan 16, 2021

Estimate: $300 - $600

Description:
A.E. Backus, Florida Hall of fame Artist Indian River school, print. Stunning Royal Poinciana tree dated 1977. Print measures 23" x 19" 32" x 28" framed
Condition: Very Fine.
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST PENCIL SKETCH PRINT

Lot 107064: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST PENCIL SKETCH PRINT

Auction Date: Dec 05, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description:
A.E. Backus, Florida hall of fame artist, authentic print. 1970 "Paurotis - Everglades". print measures 11" x 14", signed in print lower right.
Condition: Very Fine.
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST PENCIL SKETCH PRINT

Lot 107063: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST PENCIL SKETCH PRINT

Auction Date: Dec 05, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description:
A.E. Backus, Florida hall of fame artist, authentic print. 1971 "Navy Island Jamaica". print measures 11" x 14", signed in print lower right.
Condition: Very Fine.
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Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST LIMITED EDITION LITHO

Lot 107064: A.E. BACKUS FLORIDA ARTIST LIMITED EDITION LITHO

Auction Date: Dec 05, 2020

Estimate: $450 - $900

Description: A.E. Backus, Florida artist Indian river school, limited edition lithograph. Beautiful Royal Poinciana tree in bloom. 409/1000, Measures 18.5" X 23"...

Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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Albert Backus (American, 1906-1990) Florida Indian River School Sun Rays Painting

Lot 27: Albert Backus (American, 1906-1990) Florida Indian River School Sun Rays Painting

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2020

Estimate: $10,000 - $30,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (American, 1906-1990). Original oil painting on canvas. Florida landscape with palm trees and other flora, and birds in flight under a lavender, pink, and pastel orange sky. Signed lower right A.E. BACKUS 1984. The artist founded the Indian River School, the Florida Highwaymen movement, and was regarded as the Dean of Florida Painters. Presented in a decorative frame. Good overall condition, normal wear to frame. Measures 16 in. x 12 in. (canvas), 23 in. x 19 in. (framed). Hill Auction Gallery will not ship. Gallery will refer a local shipper for international buyers. Please contact [email protected] for local South Florida home delivery quote. Purchaser pick up available upon request....

Location: Sunrise, FL, US

Auction House: Hill Auction Gallery

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Albert Backus (American, 1906-1990) Florida Indian River School Wetlands Oil Painting

Lot 29: Albert Backus (American, 1906-1990) Florida Indian River School Wetlands Oil Painting

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2020

Estimate: $10,000 - $30,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (American, 1906-1990). Original oil painting on canvas. Florida wetlands landscape with cypress and palm trees and other flora, surrounding a central inlet reflecting the scene on its surface. Signed lower right A.E. BACKUS. The artist founded the Indian River School, the Florida Highwaymen movement, and was regarded as the Dean of Florida Painters. Presented in a decorative wooden frame with linen border. "1960" handwritten in pen to verso on framework. Good overall condition, craquelure in areas, loss to lower left quadrant in water; normal wear to frame. Measures approx. 25 in. x 30 in. (canvas), 31 1/4 in. x 36 1/4 in. (framed). Hill Auction Gallery will not ship. Gallery will refer a local shipper for international buyers. Please contact [email protected] for local South Florida home delivery quote. Purchaser pick up available upon request....

Location: Sunrise, FL, US

Auction House: Hill Auction Gallery

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Albert Backus Red Royal Poinciana Seascape SIGNED

Lot 101: Albert Backus Red Royal Poinciana Seascape SIGNED

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2020

Estimate: $500 - $1,500

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus ( American, 1906-1990). Vintage Limited Edition signed framed lithograph print. A landscape in the Indian River School style by its founder. A coastal seascape with blooming Royal Poinciana tree, palm trees, house, boats, and human figures. Artist hand signature located on bottom center right of print. Printed signature locate far bottom right and printed date 1976 Limited edition number 950/1000 Measures 20 1/2 in. x 32 1/2 in. (sight), 29 in. x 41 in. (framed). Good condition, mild paper toning. Hill Auction Gallery will not ship. Gallery will refer local third party USA and international shippers. Purchaser pick up available upon request. Please contact [email protected] for local South Florida home delivery quote. Purchaser pick up available upon request....

Location: Sunrise, FL, US

Auction House: Hill Auction Gallery

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Albert Backus (1906-1990) Florida Indian River School Royal Poinciana Oil Painting

Lot 1: Albert Backus (1906-1990) Florida Indian River School Royal Poinciana Oil Painting

Auction Date: Nov 15, 2020

Estimate: $20,000 - $50,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (American, 1906-1990). Original oil painting on canvas. Florida impressionist lush river landscape, Red Royal Poinciana tree in full bloom with a central river and the rare presence, for Backus, of an architectural structure, under a blue, pink, and pastel orange sky. Signed lower right A.E. BACKUS. The artist founded the Indian River School, the Florida Highwaymen movement, and was regarded as the Dean of Florida Painters. Presented in a decorative frame with high relief floral forms to the four corners. Good overall condition, normal storage wear to frame. Measures 20 in. x 24 in. (canvas), 28 in. x 32 in. (framed). Hill Auction Gallery will not ship. Gallery will refer a local shipper for international buyers. Please contact [email protected] for local South Florida home delivery quote. Purchaser pick up available upon request....

Location: Sunrise, FL, US

Auction House: Hill Auction Gallery

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BEANIE BACKUS (USA 1906-1990) OIL PAINTING /CANVAS

Lot 124: BEANIE BACKUS (USA 1906-1990) OIL PAINTING /CANVAS

Auction Date: Oct 13, 2020

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000

Description: Attributed to Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (AMERICAN / FLORIDA / FT. PIERCE, 1906 - 1990) oil painting on canvas depicting a Florida landscape scene. Signed to lower right. Mounted in gold painted wooden frame. Canvas on stretcher measures approx. 24" height x 30" width (61cm x 76.2cm). Measures approx. 29 1/2" height x 35 1/2" width (74.9cm x 90.2cm) overall including frame....

Location: Boca Raton, FL, US

Auction House: Elite Auctioneers, LLC

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BEANIE BACKUS (USA 1906-1990) OIL PAINTING /CANVAS

Lot 35: BEANIE BACKUS (USA 1906-1990) OIL PAINTING /CANVAS

Auction Date: Jul 14, 2020

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000

Description: Attributed to Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (AMERICAN / FLORIDA / FT. PIERCE, 1906 - 1990) oil painting on canvas depicting a Florida landscape scene. Signed to lower right. Mounted in gold painted wooden frame. Canvas on stretcher measures approx. 24" height x 30" width (61cm x 76.2cm). Measures approx. 29 1/2" height x 35 1/2" width (74.9cm x 90.2cm) overall including frame....

Location: Boca Raton, FL, US

Auction House: Elite Auctioneers, LLC

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A.E. BACKUS ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS TWO SIDED

Lot 102038: A.E. BACKUS ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS TWO SIDED

Auction Date: Jun 27, 2020

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

Description: A.E. Backus, Indian River School, original oil on canvas. Two sided, blue and red palm leaves. Measures 38" x 58", signed lower right on Blue side....

Location: Vero Beach, FL, US

Auction House: Manor Auctions

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BEANIE BACKUS (USA 1906-1990) OIL PAINTING /CANVAS

Lot 115: BEANIE BACKUS (USA 1906-1990) OIL PAINTING /CANVAS

Auction Date: Jun 09, 2020

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000

Description: Attributed to Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus (AMERICAN / FLORIDA / FT. PIERCE, 1906 - 1990) oil painting on canvas depicting a Florida landscape scene. Signed to lower right. Mounted in gold painted wooden frame. Canvas on stretcher measures approx. 24" height x 30" width (61cm x 76.2cm). Measures approx. 29 1/2" height x 35 1/2" width (74.9cm x 90.2cm) overall including frame....

Location: Boca Raton, FL, US

Auction House: Elite Auctioneers, LLC

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Albert Backus Red Royal Poinciana Seascape SIGNED

Lot 706: Albert Backus Red Royal Poinciana Seascape SIGNED

Auction Date: May 27, 2020

Estimate: $100 - $1,000

Description: Albert Ernest (Beanie) Backus( American, 196-1990) Vintage signed framed print of a beautiful Florida highway man landscape with red Poinciana tree. Artist signature located on bottom center right of print. Site: 21 in. x 33 in. Frame: 25 1/2 in. x 38 in. Good to fair condition, having watermarks & aged paper toning. Hill Auction Gallery in house continental USA shipping $125 plus insurance. Gallery will refer a local shipper for international buyers. Purchaser pick up available upon request....

Location: Sunrise, FL, US

Auction House: Hill Auction Gallery

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