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Landscape painter, b. 1901 - d. 1990

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    • WALLACE HERNDON SMITH (AMERICAN, 1901-1990)
      Dec. 16, 2022

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH (AMERICAN, 1901-1990)

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901-1990 Wash Day, Portugal, 1975 Oil on masonite Initialed lower left. Woman hanging clothes off the coast of a distant city. Silvered wooden frame.

      Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
    • Wallace Herndon Smith (1901 - 1990) American
      Nov. 13, 2022

      Wallace Herndon Smith (1901 - 1990) American

      Est: $500 - $5,000

      Wallace Herndon Smith (1901 - 1990) Oil on board , Signed , measures 20 x 16 inches

      Cutler Bay Auctions
    • Wallace Herndon Smith (1901 - 1990) American
      Sep. 21, 2022

      Wallace Herndon Smith (1901 - 1990) American

      Est: $1,500 - $2,000

      Wallace Herndon Smith (1901 - 1990) Oil on board , Signed , measures 20 x 16 inches

      Cutler Bay Auctions
    • Wallace Herndon Smith (1901 - 1990) Amer, Oil/C
      Jul. 24, 2022

      Wallace Herndon Smith (1901 - 1990) Amer, Oil/C

      Est: $600 - $900

      Wallace Herndon Smith (1901 - 1990) Amer, Oil/C. Signed lower right. Portofino. Wallace Smith was born in 1901 into affluence and spent much of his life defending his right to "artist" status. He painted mostly in his native St. Louis, but was never a regionalist as defined by art terminology. From his studies in France, he absorbed attitudes and skills associated with late nineteenth and early twentieth century French painters, but he applied his vision and his paint through a predominantly American, even midwestern, sensibility. A traditional painter after the style of the Old Masters whom he revered, Smith found himself cast as an apologist for the classical style in a modernist era. It was not that he despised modern painting; it was a matter of knowing its limits. He once wrote that the propenents of "abstract" art claim that it "expresses the chaos of our times." He took exception. "I'm not sold on the fact that art must necessarily reflect chaos. Just because there's a puddle in the street, do I have to step in it?" By holding to traditional tenets in art, he often lost out in the scramble for public recognition and approval. For fifty years he painted almost daily, and created over 500 paintings including still lifes, land and city scapes, scenes of boats and water, figure and portrait. One of his earliest works, "St. Louis Scene", was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1932. Artist Peggy Bacon wrote of her friend Wallace Smith: "His pictures themselves are like him for their lack of flourish. They are sensitive and economical, subtly subdued in color, restrained in their rejection of the stylized, and make no attempt at the dashing effect. The landscapes in particular appear to retreat and wait for an attentive observer to come along and notice their quiet virtue. But though they are generally very mild in mood, the canvases have structure and atmosphere and a very pesuasive tonal quality; and once observed they shine like an open window." Overall Size: 28 1/4 x 36 1/4 in. Sight Size: 20 1/4 x 28 1/4 in.

      Sarasota Estate Auction
    • WALLACE HERNDON SMITH (AMERICAN, 1901-1990)
      Dec. 11, 2021

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH (AMERICAN, 1901-1990)

      Est: $250 - $500

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH (AMERICAN, 1901-1990) Oil on masonite, signed lower left. Thickly wooded forest scene, wooden frame. St. Louis Artist Guild label to verso. About the Artist: Literature: "Wallace Herndon Smith : Paintings" by Lee Hall published by the Academy for Educational Development and University of Washington Press.) "This is the story of one American painter, heretofore unheralded, and of his singular life in art, his searches, personal failures, and successes as an artist." Wallace Smith was born in 1901 into affluence and spent much of his life defending his right to "artist" status. He painted mostly in his native St. Louis, but was never a regionalist as defined by art terminology. From his studies in France, he absorbed attitudes and skills associated with late nineteenth and early twentieth century French painters, but he applied his vision and his paint through a predominantly American, even midwestern, sensibility. A traditional painter after the style of the Old Masters whom he revered, Smith found himself cast as an apologist for the classical style in a modernist era. It was not that he despised modern painting; it was a matter of knowing its limits. He once wrote that the proponents of "abstract" art claim that it "expresses the chaos of our times." He took exception. "I'm not sold on the fact that art must necessarily reflect chaos. Just because there's a puddle in the street, do I have to step in it?" By holding to traditional tenets in art, he often lost out in the scramble for public recognition and approval. For fifty years he painted almost daily, and created over 500 paintings including still lifes, land and city scapes, scenes of boats and water, figure and portrait. One of his earliest works, "St. Louis Scene", was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1932. Artist Peggy Bacon wrote of her friend Wallace Smith: "His pictures themselves are like him for their lack of flourish. They are sensitive and economical, subtly subdued in color, restrained in their rejection of the stylized, and make no attempt at the dashing effect. The landscapes, in particular, appear to retreat and wait for an attentive observer to come along and notice their quiet virtue. But though they are generally very mild in mood, the canvases have structure and atmosphere and a very persuasive tonal quality; and once observed they shine like an open window." Sight: 20.75" height, 28.25" width; frame: 28" height, 36" width

      Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
    • Wallace Herndon Smith, (American, 1901-1990), Street in St. Remy, oil on masonite, 15 1/2" x 9 1/2"
      Aug. 26, 2021

      Wallace Herndon Smith, (American, 1901-1990), Street in St. Remy, oil on masonite, 15 1/2" x 9 1/2"

      Est: $300 - $500

      Wallace Herndon Smith (American, 1901-1990) Street in St. Remy oil on masonite initialed lower right 15 1/2" x 9 1/2"

      Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
    • Wallace Herndon Smith, Missouri (1901-1990), Still Life with Bowl of Fruit, oil on canvas, 22 x 28 inches
      May. 01, 2021

      Wallace Herndon Smith, Missouri (1901-1990), Still Life with Bowl of Fruit, oil on canvas, 22 x 28 inches

      Est: $700 - $1,000

      Wallace Herndon Smith Missouri, (1901-1990) Still Life with Bowl of Fruit oil on canvas signed lower right, gilt-framed.

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    • Wallace Herndon Smith, Missouri (1901-1990), Still life with bowl of fruit, oil on canvas, 21 x 30 inches
      Feb. 01, 2020

      Wallace Herndon Smith, Missouri (1901-1990), Still life with bowl of fruit, oil on canvas, 21 x 30 inches

      Est: $1,000 - $1,500

      monogrammed lower left, framed.

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    • Wallace Herndon Smith, Missouri (1901-1990), Florence, oil on board, 29 x 38 inches
      Nov. 02, 2019

      Wallace Herndon Smith, Missouri (1901-1990), Florence, oil on board, 29 x 38 inches

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Wallace Herndon Smith Missouri (1901-1990) Florence, oil on board, signed lower right, framed. 29 x 38 inches

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    • Wallace Herndon Smith, (Missouri, 1901-1990), Parisian river village scene, watercolor on paper, Sight, 11" x 14 1/2". Frame, 20 3/4...
      Oct. 19, 2019

      Wallace Herndon Smith, (Missouri, 1901-1990), Parisian river village scene, watercolor on paper, Sight, 11" x 14 1/2". Frame, 20 3/4...

      Est: $200 - $400

      Wallace Herndon Smith (Missouri, 1901-1990) Parisian river village scene watercolor on paper signed and dated 1927 lower right. Sight, 11" x 14 1/2". Frame, 20 3/4" x 24".

      Ripley Auctions
    • Wallace Herndon Smith, (Missouri, 1901-1990), "Senlis" French village scene, oil on canvas, Canvas, 25" x 36". Frame, 30" x 41".
      Oct. 19, 2019

      Wallace Herndon Smith, (Missouri, 1901-1990), "Senlis" French village scene, oil on canvas, Canvas, 25" x 36". Frame, 30" x 41".

      Est: $600 - $900

      Wallace Herndon Smith (Missouri, 1901-1990) "Senlis" French village scene oil on canvas signed with initials lower right. Gallery label verso. Canvas, 25" x 36". Frame, 30" x 41".

      Ripley Auctions
    • Wallace Herndon Smith, (Missouri, 1901-1990), "Senlis" French village scene, oil on canvas, Canvas, 25" x 36". Frame, 30" x 41".
      Aug. 24, 2019

      Wallace Herndon Smith, (Missouri, 1901-1990), "Senlis" French village scene, oil on canvas, Canvas, 25" x 36". Frame, 30" x 41".

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Wallace Herndon Smith (Missouri, 1901-1990) "Senlis" French village scene oil on canvas signed with initials lower right. Gallery label verso. Canvas, 25" x 36". Frame, 30" x 41".

      Ripley Auctions
    • Wallace Herndon Smith, (Missouri, 1901-1990), Parisian river village scene, watercolor on paper, Sight, 11" x 14 1/2". Frame, 20 3/4...
      Aug. 24, 2019

      Wallace Herndon Smith, (Missouri, 1901-1990), Parisian river village scene, watercolor on paper, Sight, 11" x 14 1/2". Frame, 20 3/4...

      Est: $300 - $500

      Wallace Herndon Smith (Missouri, 1901-1990) Parisian river village scene watercolor on paper signed and dated 1927 lower right. Sight, 11" x 14 1/2". Frame, 20 3/4" x 24".

      Ripley Auctions
    • Wallace Herndon Smith, Missouri (1901-1990), Aqueduct, Southern France, oil on canvas, 10 x 16 inches
      Sep. 29, 2018

      Wallace Herndon Smith, Missouri (1901-1990), Aqueduct, Southern France, oil on canvas, 10 x 16 inches

      Est: $500 - $700

      Wallace Herndon Smith Missouri (1901-1990) Aqueduct, Southern France, oil on canvas, signed lower right, framed. 10 x 16 inches

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    • Herndon Smith, painting
      Apr. 11, 2018

      Herndon Smith, painting

      Est: $200 - $300

      (Wallace or Edward) Herndon Smith (American, 1901-1990), Flowers in a vase, oil on canvas, signed lower right, 20.5"h x 16.5"w (sight), framed

      Millea Bros Ltd
    • WALLACE HERNDON SMITH OIL ON CANVAS C.1955
      Jun. 09, 2017

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH OIL ON CANVAS C.1955

      Est: $600 - $800

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH (AMERICAN, B.1901), OIL ON CANVAS, C.1955, H 29", W 21", "INDIAN CHURCH":Signed in the upper right corner. Indian Church, circa 1955, Harbor Springs, Michigan. W.H. Smith was a very well known Michigan modernist.

      DuMouchelles
    • TWO STILL LIFES BY WALLACE HERNDON-SMITH (1901-1990).
      May. 21, 2016

      TWO STILL LIFES BY WALLACE HERNDON-SMITH (1901-1990).

      Est: $200 - $400

      TWO STILL LIFES BY WALLACE HERNDON-SMITH (1901-1990). Oil on board, one signed verso, one framed. 11.5"h. 13.75"w. and 14"h. 18"w, framed 18.5"h. 22.5"w.

      Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
    • Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901- 1990 Flowers on Black Table
      Jul. 16, 2015

      Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901- 1990 Flowers on Black Table

      Est: $600 - $800

      Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901- 1990 Flowers on Black Table Signed Wallace H. Smith (lr); inscribed as titled on an old label on the frame Oil on canvas 29 1/8 x 21 1/16 inches C 

      Doyle New York
    • Wallace Herndon Smith, (American; 1901-1990), Venice, oil on board, 21" x 29"
      May. 02, 2013

      Wallace Herndon Smith, (American; 1901-1990), Venice, oil on board, 21" x 29"

      Est: $1,500 - $2,000

      Wallace Herndon Smith (American; 1901-1990) Venice oil on board c. 1950. Orignal frame. Signed. 21" x 29"

      Ripley Auctions
    • WALLACE HERNDON SMITH [AMER., 1901-1990], OIL ON CANVAS, C. 1960'S 27' X 36", 'MICHIGAN MOONLIGHT'
      Jul. 08, 2011

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH [AMER., 1901-1990], OIL ON CANVAS, C. 1960'S 27' X 36", 'MICHIGAN MOONLIGHT'

      Est: $500 - $1,000

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH [AMER., 1901-1990], OIL ON CANVAS, C. 1960'S 27' X 36", 'MICHIGAN MOONLIGHT': Featuring a moonlit lake scene viewed from the shore. Signed lower right Wallace H Smith, matted and framed. Accompanied by the book "Wallace Herndon Smith Paintings".

      DuMouchelles
    • WALLACE HERNDON SMITH [AMERICAN, 1901-1990], OIL ON CANVAS, 23" X 32", VIEW OF ST. MARK'S, VENICE
      Jul. 08, 2011

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH [AMERICAN, 1901-1990], OIL ON CANVAS, 23" X 32", VIEW OF ST. MARK'S, VENICE

      Est: $750 - $1,000

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH [AMERICAN, 1901-1990], OIL ON CANVAS, 23" X 32", VIEW OF ST. MARK'S, VENICE: Signed lower left, framed and matted.

      DuMouchelles
    • Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901-1990 Hayfields
      Jun. 23, 2010

      Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901-1990 Hayfields

      Est: $500 - $700

      Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901-1990 Hayfields Signed Wallace H. Smith (lr) Oil on canvas 16 x 27 1/4 inches

      Doyle New York
    • Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901-1990 Hayfields
      Mar. 10, 2010

      Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901-1990 Hayfields

      Est: $500 - $700

      Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901-1990 Hayfields Signed Wallace H. Smith (lr) Oil on canvas 16 x 27 1/4 inches

      Doyle New York
    • Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901-1990 A Landscape with Hay Fields and Distant Mountains
      Jan. 13, 2010

      Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901-1990 A Landscape with Hay Fields and Distant Mountains

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Wallace Herndon Smith American, 1901-1990 A Landscape with Hay Fields and Distant Mountains Signed Wallace H. Smith (lr) Oil on canvas 16 x 27 1/4 inches

      Doyle New York
    • WALLACE HERNDON SMITH, (AMERICAN 1901-1990), FIGURE ON HORSEBACK
      Feb. 02, 2007

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH, (AMERICAN 1901-1990), FIGURE ON HORSEBACK

      Est: $200 - $300

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH (american 1901-1990) FIGURE ON HORSEBACK Signed. Oil on canvas. 30 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. provenance: Private Collection, Pennsylvania.

      Freeman's
    • WALLACE HERNDON SMITH, (AMERICAN 1901-1990), FIGURE ON HORSEBACK
      Oct. 18, 2006

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH, (AMERICAN 1901-1990), FIGURE ON HORSEBACK

      Est: $400 - $600

      WALLACE HERNDON SMITH (american 1901-1990) FIGURE ON HORSEBACK Signed. Oil on canvas. 30 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. provenance: From a private Pennsylvania collection. Estimate $400-600

      Freeman's
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