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Painter, b. 1911 - d. 2007

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    • FANNIE HILLSMITH OIL ON CANVAS, ROSE CLOCK, 1953.
      Nov. 15, 2023

      FANNIE HILLSMITH OIL ON CANVAS, ROSE CLOCK, 1953.

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Fannie Hillsmith (NY, NH, 1911-2007) oil on canvas, abstract interior view labeled on back with label 'Rose Clock Undated' includes a loan agreement from Black Mountain College (NC) for an exhibition held Nov. 15th 1996 - Feb. 15th 1997, signed lower right F. Hillsmith, Canvas 36” x 34”, Overall in thin wood frame 36.5” x 24.5” overall. Provenance: The Estate of Margaret A. Johnson, a close personal friend of Hillsmith.

      William Smith Auctions
    • FANNIE HILLSMITH OIL, BLUE PLATE, 1967.
      Nov. 15, 2023

      FANNIE HILLSMITH OIL, BLUE PLATE, 1967.

      Est: $600 - $900

      Fannie Hillsmith (NY, NH, 1911-2007) oil on canvas, Peridot Gallery Madison Ave label on reverse titles painting 'Blue Plate', numbered on back of canvas '181', signed on canvas, F. Hillsmith 67’, Canvas 10” x 8”, Overall in a shadow style frame 12” x 10”. Provenance: The Estate of Margaret A. Johnson, a personal friend of Hillsmith.

      William Smith Auctions
    • Fanny Hillsmith (1911-2007), "Girl in Chair," 1945, Oil on an octagon panel mounted to panel, Octagon: 10" H x 8" W; Panel: 11" H x 11" W
      Aug. 29, 2023

      Fanny Hillsmith (1911-2007), "Girl in Chair," 1945, Oil on an octagon panel mounted to panel, Octagon: 10" H x 8" W; Panel: 11" H x 11" W

      Est: $500 - $700

      Fanny Hillsmith (1911-2007) "Girl in Chair," 1945 Oil on an octagon panel mounted to panel Signed and dated: F Hillsmith; titled in pencil, verso

      John Moran Auctioneers
    • Fannie Hillsmith, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts (1911-2007), Design No. 1, 1946, woodcut block print, 17”H x 12”W
      Jul. 20, 2023

      Fannie Hillsmith, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts (1911-2007), Design No. 1, 1946, woodcut block print, 17”H x 12”W

      Est: $80 - $120

      Fannie Hillsmith New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, (1911-2007) Design No. 1, 1946 woodcut block print Numbered 3/30 lower left, titled lower middle, signed and dated lower right. Biography from The Johnson Collection: A Bostonian by birth and artistic heritage, Fannie Louise Hillsmith distinguished herself as a painter of Cubist-inspired still lifes and interiors. Like her European counterparts, she used tabletop and furniture arrangements to explore spatial dynamics. In a statement for the landmark 1944 book, Abstract and Surrealist Art in America, Hillsmith described her aesthetic ambition: "I endeavor to find a personal way to express in painting the basic qualities of nature. I try to combine the structural with the intimate and to secure simplicity by using few colors and shapes, to acquire variation by using these in diverse ways throughout the canvas." Hillsmith's early art training took place at the conservative Boston Museum School, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Frank Hill Smith, one of its founders. Because of the similarity in their names, the two artists' work is often confused. Committed to a career in art, Hillsmith relocated to New York, where she took classes at the Art Students League under John Sloan, Alexander Brook, William Zorach, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Vaclav Vytlacil, who emerged as her true mentor. Between 1946 and 1950, Hillsmith worked at Stanley Hayter's Atelier 17 printmaking studio alongside such figures as Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, Alexander Calder, and Marc Chagall. At times, her work displayed a surrealist bent and the influence of Paul Klee and, later, Henri Matisse. An active member of the city's vibrant art scene, Hillsmith showed her work at the Norlyst Gallery owned by Jimmy Ernest and at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century Gallery, known for its promotion of Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, and Willem de Kooning. The noted critics Clement Greenberg and Elaine de Kooning mentioned her work in their reviews. Josef Albers invited Hillsmith to teach in the 1945 summer session at Black Mountain College, where her students were largely teachers attempting to brush up on their own skills. She was enthralled by the international diversity of the faculty, many of whom spoke French and German at dinner, a fact made poignant by the nightly news report from Europe in the waning days of World War II. Albers' Saturday seminars in which he critiqued student work were an inspiration for her own teaching. Hillsmith supported herself by caring for a mentally ill relative and by making toys and jewelry, which were sold at the Museum of Modern Art. She was awarded the 1958 Alumni Traveling Scholarship from the Boston Museum School, which funded a trip abroad to Paris, Vienna, Spain, and England. She taught at Cornell University for the fall semester of 1963. Hillsmith's work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Modern Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among other prestigious institutions. The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina thejohnsoncollection.org

      Ripley Auctions
    • Fannie Hillsmith, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts (1911 - 2007), abstract chair, color lithograph, 27”H x 23”W
      Jul. 20, 2023

      Fannie Hillsmith, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts (1911 - 2007), abstract chair, color lithograph, 27”H x 23”W

      Est: $80 - $120

      Fannie Hillsmith New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, (1911 - 2007) abstract chair color lithograph Numbered 81/172 lower left, signed lower right. Biography from The Johnson Collection: A Bostonian by birth and artistic heritage, Fannie Louise Hillsmith distinguished herself as a painter of Cubist-inspired still lifes and interiors. Like her European counterparts, she used tabletop and furniture arrangements to explore spatial dynamics. In a statement for the landmark 1944 book, Abstract and Surrealist Art in America, Hillsmith described her aesthetic ambition: "I endeavor to find a personal way to express in painting the basic qualities of nature. I try to combine the structural with the intimate and to secure simplicity by using few colors and shapes, to acquire variation by using these in diverse ways throughout the canvas." Hillsmith's early art training took place at the conservative Boston Museum School, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Frank Hill Smith, one of its founders. Because of the similarity in their names, the two artists' work is often confused. Committed to a career in art, Hillsmith relocated to New York, where she took classes at the Art Students League under John Sloan, Alexander Brook, William Zorach, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Vaclav Vytlacil, who emerged as her true mentor. Between 1946 and 1950, Hillsmith worked at Stanley Hayter's Atelier 17 printmaking studio alongside such figures as Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, Alexander Calder, and Marc Chagall. At times, her work displayed a surrealist bent and the influence of Paul Klee and, later, Henri Matisse. An active member of the city's vibrant art scene, Hillsmith showed her work at the Norlyst Gallery owned by Jimmy Ernest and at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century Gallery, known for its promotion of Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, and Willem de Kooning. The noted critics Clement Greenberg and Elaine de Kooning mentioned her work in their reviews. Josef Albers invited Hillsmith to teach in the 1945 summer session at Black Mountain College, where her students were largely teachers attempting to brush up on their own skills. She was enthralled by the international diversity of the faculty, many of whom spoke French and German at dinner, a fact made poignant by the nightly news report from Europe in the waning days of World War II. Albers' Saturday seminars in which he critiqued student work were an inspiration for her own teaching. Hillsmith supported herself by caring for a mentally ill relative and by making toys and jewelry, which were sold at the Museum of Modern Art. She was awarded the 1958 Alumni Traveling Scholarship from the Boston Museum School, which funded a trip abroad to Paris, Vienna, Spain, and England. She taught at Cornell University for the fall semester of 1963. Hillsmith's work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Modern Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among other prestigious institutions. The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina thejohnsoncollection.org

      Ripley Auctions
    • Fannie Hillsmith (American, 1911-2007) "Iron Soldier", 1960
      Sep. 19, 2022

      Fannie Hillsmith (American, 1911-2007) "Iron Soldier", 1960

      Est: $1,000 - $1,500

      Fannie Hillsmith (American, 1911-2007) Cubist Construction, 1960, signed and dated, verso inscribe: "Iron Soldier." Size: 17.25'' x 15.25'' x 1.75'' (44 x 39 x 4 cm). Provenance: Sylvia and Philip Chaplain Collection, New Hampshire.

      Material Culture
    • Fannie Hillsmith, American (1911-2007), Interior at Honfleur, 1960, tempera and collage on panel, 25"H x 20"W (sight), 26 1/4"H x 21 1/4"W (frame)
      Apr. 30, 2022

      Fannie Hillsmith, American (1911-2007), Interior at Honfleur, 1960, tempera and collage on panel, 25"H x 20"W (sight), 26 1/4"H x 21 1/4"W (frame)

      Est: $2,000 - $4,000

      Fannie Hillsmith American, (1911-2007) Interior at Honfleur, 1960 tempera and collage on panel signed and dated lower right. Labels verso: Peridot Gallery, NY, and University of Illinois 1961 Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture. Biography from The Johnson Collection A Bostonian by birth and artistic heritage, Fannie Louise Hillsmith distinguished herself as a painter of Cubist-inspired still lifes and interiors. Like her European counterparts, she used tabletop and furniture arrangements to explore spatial dynamics. In a statement for the landmark 1944 book, Abstract and Surrealist Art in America, Hillsmith described her aesthetic ambition: "I endeavor to find a personal way to express in painting the basic qualities of nature. I try to combine the structural with the intimate and to secure simplicity by using few colors and shapes, to acquire variation by using these in diverse ways throughout the canvas." Hillsmith's early art training took place at the conservative Boston Museum School, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Frank Hill Smith, one of its founders. Because of the similarity in their names, the two artists' work is often confused. Committed to a career in art, Hillsmith relocated to New York, where she took classes at the Art Students League under John Sloan, Alexander Brook, William Zorach, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Vaclav Vytlacil, who emerged as her true mentor. Between 1946 and 1950, Hillsmith worked at Stanley Hayter's Atelier 17 printmaking studio alongside such figures as Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, Alexander Calder, and Marc Chagall. At times, her work displayed a surrealist bent and the influence of Paul Klee and, later, Henri Matisse. An active member of the city's vibrant art scene, Hillsmith showed her work at the Norlyst Gallery owned by Jimmy Ernest and at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century Gallery, known for its promotion of Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, and Willem de Kooning. The noted critics Clement Greenberg and Elaine de Kooning mentioned her work in their reviews. Josef Albers invited Hillsmith to teach in the 1945 summer session at Black Mountain College, where her students were largely teachers attempting to brush up on their own skills. She was enthralled by the international diversity of the faculty, many of whom spoke French and German at dinner, a fact made poignant by the nightly news report from Europe in the waning days of World War II. Albers' Saturday seminars in which he critiqued student work were an inspiration for her own teaching. Hillsmith supported herself by caring for a mentally ill relative and by making toys and jewelry, which were sold at the Museum of Modern Art. She was awarded the 1958 Alumni Traveling Scholarship from the Boston Museum School, which funded a trip abroad to Paris, Vienna, Spain, and England. She taught at Cornell University for the fall semester of 1963. Hillsmith's work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Modern Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among other prestigious institutions. The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina thejohnsoncollection.org

      Ripley Auctions
    • Fanny Hillsmith, Am. 1911-2007, Group Lot 1] "Squire Squirrel of Acorn Log" 2] "The Red Chair", 1] Written and illustrated by the artis
      Oct. 17, 2020

      Fanny Hillsmith, Am. 1911-2007, Group Lot 1] "Squire Squirrel of Acorn Log" 2] "The Red Chair", 1] Written and illustrated by the artis

      Est: $50 - $75

      Fanny Hillsmith Am. 1911-2007 Group Lot 1] "Squire Squirrel of Acorn Log" 2] "The Red Chair" 1] Written and illustrated by the artist Fannie Hillsmith, black spiral spine with 32 illustrations (6 in color); story and illustraions on same page, 32 pp 2] Woodblock on brown paper 1] 2] Titled and possibly initialled l.c. 6-3/4" x 6-1/2" 2] 6 1/2" x 5 1/2" sight 9 1/2" x 7 1/4" framed Provenance: Private Collection Exeter, New Hampshire Exhibitions: Fannie Hillsmith held her first art show in New York at the Norlyst Gallery, owned by Jimmy Ernst, in 1943; She also displayed her work in three shows at the Art of This Century Gallery in Manhattan, which was owned by Peggy Guggenheim and exhibited at a series of shows at the Peridot Gallery and the Charles Egan Gallery during the 1950s and 1960s and The Currier Museum of Art had an exhibition of her work in 1987 Literature: Currier Museum Catalog included with this lot

      Barridoff Auctions
    • Fannie Hillsmith, Cubist Still Life
      Sep. 23, 2020

      Fannie Hillsmith, Cubist Still Life

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      Fannie Hillsmith Cubist Still Life 1949 oil on canvas 30 h × 16 w in (76 × 41 cm) Signed and dated to lower right 'F. Hillsmith 49'. Provenance: Christie's, 14 February 1990, Lot 289 condition: Work is in sound condition with a second work on verso. Surface soiling throughout. Faint buckling to left edge. Colors present well. Framed behind acrylic measuring 31 x 17 inches.

      Rago Arts and Auction Center
    • Fannie Hillsmith, (New York, 1911-2007), Still Life, 1949, color woodcut, 8 3/4"H x 5 1/2"W (plate), 14 1/4"H x 10 1/2"W (paper)
      May. 16, 2020

      Fannie Hillsmith, (New York, 1911-2007), Still Life, 1949, color woodcut, 8 3/4"H x 5 1/2"W (plate), 14 1/4"H x 10 1/2"W (paper)

      Est: $300 - $400

      Fannie Hillsmith (New York, 1911-2007) Still Life, 1949 color woodcut pencil signed and numbered 5/30. Unframed. 8 3/4"H x 5 1/2"W (plate), 14 1/4"H x 10 1/2"W (paper)

      Ripley Auctions
    • Fannie Hillsmith, NH, NY, Mass. (1911-2007)
      Jul. 13, 2019

      Fannie Hillsmith, NH, NY, Mass. (1911-2007)

      Est: $400 - $700

      Fannie Hillsmith, NH, NY, Mass. (1911-2007), Oil on canvas painting of an imagined interior in pink tones, signed lower right "F. Hillsmith 65", 22" x 16", mounted in a gold modern thin frame, paper label on reverse "Interior at Sunrise" sold by the "Peridot Gallery" 820 Madison Ave, NY, NY, with original price tag from them, $900.00, slight wear to frame edge.

      The Cobbs
    • Fannie Hillsmith (1911-2007), Untitled Interior
      Mar. 02, 2019

      Fannie Hillsmith (1911-2007), Untitled Interior

      Est: $500 - $1,000

      Fannie Hillsmith (1911-2007), Untitled Interior watercolor on paper, signed and dated 1959 at lower right, matted and framed under glass. SS 28.5 x 20.5 in.; DOA 41.5 x 32.5 in. Born in Boston, Hillsmith studied began her art studies at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. She later studied in New York City at the Art Students League with John Sloan, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Alexander Brook, William Zorach, and Vaclav Vytlacil. Hillsmith also spent several years working at Stanley William Hayter's New York City Atelier 17. Hillsmith was both a respected artist and teacher. In 1945, she was invited by Josef Albers to teach at Black Mountain College for a season. Additional high-resolution photos are available at LelandLittle.com

      Leland Little Auctions
    • Fannie Hillsmith American, 1911-2007 Spring Park (Central Park), 1941
      Nov. 20, 2018

      Fannie Hillsmith American, 1911-2007 Spring Park (Central Park), 1941

      Est: $700 - $900

      Fannie Hillsmith American, 1911-2007 Spring Park (Central Park), 1941 Signed Hillsmith and dated 41 (lr) Oil and tempera on Masonite 9 x 12 inches Provenance: Susan Teller Gallery, New York Exhibited: Fannie Hillsmith, Nov. 15, 1996 - Feb. 15 1997, Black Mountain College Museum, Asheville, NC C The Patricia and Donald Oresman Collection

      Doyle New York
    • Fannie Hillsmith, (American, 1911 - 2007), Untitled Collage, 1967, colored pencil on various paper layers, 12"H x 9"W (sight), 18 1/...
      Jun. 30, 2018

      Fannie Hillsmith, (American, 1911 - 2007), Untitled Collage, 1967, colored pencil on various paper layers, 12"H x 9"W (sight), 18 1/...

      Est: $200 - $400

      Fannie Hillsmith (American, 1911 - 2007) Untitled Collage, 1967 colored pencil on various paper layers signed with initials lower right. 12"H x 9"W (sight), 18 1/4"H x 15 1/4"W (frame)

      Ripley Auctions
    • SCULPTURE BY FANNIE HILLSMITH (AMERICAN, 1911-2007).
      Sep. 24, 2016

      SCULPTURE BY FANNIE HILLSMITH (AMERICAN, 1911-2007).

      Est: $600 - $800

      SCULPTURE BY FANNIE HILLSMITH (AMERICAN, 1911-2007). Ceramic, glazed hand built in the form of a chair or sofa. Light glazed ground with blue/black pattern. Inscribed in graphite on bottom with initials "fH" and hand-numbered "12" in glaze. 7"h.

      Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
    • Fanny Hillsmith Geometric Fabric Collage
      Sep. 18, 2016

      Fanny Hillsmith Geometric Fabric Collage

      Est: $400 - $500

      Art,Collage,Mixed Media,Fanny Hillsmith Geometric Fabric Collage,Pressed paper collage with painted highlights. Inscribed at LL "A. R. P. Streets NYC". Most likely by artist Fanny Hillsmith. Signed at LR. Please view photos of signature.,,30H_30W

      East Coast Fine Arts
    • Fannie Hillsmith (American, 1911-2007) Brown Study. Signed "F. Hillsmith 66" l.r. Oil on canvas, 34 x 30 in., framed. Condition: Minor
      Nov. 13, 2013

      Fannie Hillsmith (American, 1911-2007) Brown Study. Signed "F. Hillsmith 66" l.r. Oil on canvas, 34 x 30 in., framed. Condition: Minor

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Fannie Hillsmith (American, 1911-2007) Brown Study. Signed "F. Hillsmith 66" l.r. Oil on canvas, 34 x 30 in., framed. Condition: Minor surface grime.

      Skinner
    • Fannie Hillsmith (American, 1911-2007), Interior, Signed and dated "f. hillsmith '58" l.r., Condition: Pigment fluorescence, scattered
      May. 17, 2013

      Fannie Hillsmith (American, 1911-2007), Interior, Signed and dated "f. hillsmith '58" l.r., Condition: Pigment fluorescence, scattered

      Est: $1,000 - $1,500

      Fannie Hillsmith (American, 1911-2007) Interior Signed and dated "f. hillsmith '58" l.r. Oil with mixed media on canvas, 48 x 20 3/4 in. (121.9 x 52.7 cm), framed. Condition: Pigment fluorescence, scattered losses, scattered craquelure with subtle lifting.

      Skinner
    • Fanny Hillsmith, a collage of smaller paintings put together to form a large painting
      Oct. 20, 2012

      Fanny Hillsmith, a collage of smaller paintings put together to form a large painting

      Est: $2,500 - $4,000

      Fanny Hillsmith, 1911-2007, NY/NH, a collage of smaller paintings put together to form a large painting titled, "Talking Dolphin," and "Gregory Town," signed lower venter, "F. Hillsmith," 37" x 49", including a thin modern frame. Estimate $2,500-4,000

      The Cobbs
    • FANNIE HILLSMITH AMERICAN 1911-2007, "The Little Table" 1950
      May. 19, 2012

      FANNIE HILLSMITH AMERICAN 1911-2007, "The Little Table" 1950

      Est: $600 - $900

      FANNIE HILLSMITH AMERICAN 1911-2007 "The Little Table" 1950 Oil/tempra and sand on walnut 6 x 5 in (15.2 x 12.7 cm) signed lower middle. Dated 1950. PROVENANCE: From the artist estate to private collection Vermont.

      Trinity International Auctions & Appraisals, LLC
    • FANNIE HILLSMITH, AMERICAN, BORN 1911
      May. 17, 2002

      FANNIE HILLSMITH, AMERICAN, BORN 1911

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      CHRISTMAS TREE, signed F. Hillsmith and dated, 49 oil on tempera on panel

      Sotheby's
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