HMA to Conduct Fine Art Sale of Scenes of New York City by Leon Dolice

Click to view the 25 Leon Dolice pastels in HMA's Fine Art Sale

The Huntington Museum of Art has announced that it will conduct a special Fine Art Sale of pastels by the noted American artist Leon Dolice (1892-1960). An online sale goes live on Aug. 4, 2021, at 11 a.m. Works not sold beforehand will be available for viewing and purchase at the Huntington Museum of Art on Aug. 6, 7 and 8, 2021. Works will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.   

To purchase one of the works shown online, buyers should send an email to [email protected] with the number and title of the work or works that they wish to purchase. 

“The Huntington Museum of Art is pleased to present this collection of more than 20 works by New York artist Leon Dolice, who is known for his striking New York cityscapes,” said Geoffrey K. Fleming, HMA’s Executive Director. “And one of the extraordinary things about this grouping is the large size of each work, with the pastels coming in at approximately 12 x 19 inches each.”   

Leon Dolice was born in Vienna, Austria in 1892, and went on to study art in Europe. He immigrated to the United States in 1920, finding a retreat in the European Bohemianism of Greenwich Village, where he picked the streets of this landmark neighborhood as his first subjects. Though he originally concentrated on etching, as that medium declined, he focused almost exclusively on pastels depicting New York City, devoting all his time to chronicling the architecture, back streets, dock scenes and other nostalgia that was fast disappearing from the face of Manhattan. He won numerous accolades for his work, and although he traveled the East Coast recording landmarks in other cities including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia, he always returned to his new home of New York.   

Dolice's works are in the Museum of the City of New York; The New York Public Library; The New York Historical Society; Georgetown University Lauinger Library; and The Print Club of Philadelphia, among others.

“We are pleased to feature these works which come with sterling provenance,” continued Fleming, “the group having originally been part of the famed collection assembled by the noted Spanierman Gallery of New York City. Owned and operated by the respected art dealer Ira Spanierman, the collection features some of the finest examples of works by Dolice that have ever surfaced on the market.”   

The works included in this special sale depict soft and misty views of Manhattan’s coastline and shipyards as well as its soaring skyscrapers and bridges.  

A significant portion of proceeds from the Fine Art Sale of Leon Dolice pastels will benefit the Huntington Museum of Art. Works will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Shipping is available at the purchaser’s expense through the UPS Store in Ashland, Ky.   

In the past few years, the Huntington Museum of Art has conducted fine art sales featuring the work of Chuck Ripper, 2016; Wolf Kahn, 2017; Don Pendleton, 2018; Adele Thornton Lewis, 2019; and Stan Sporny, 2020.    

For more information on events at HMA, call (304) 529-2701 or visit www.hmoa.org. HMA is fully accessible.    

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