2015 Coeur d’Alene Art Auction / Lot 9992 / 290  •  View Catalog  •   • 

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Carl Rungius (1869 – 1959)
Alaskan Brown Bear
oil on canvas
24 × 38 inches
signed lower right

In Natural Habitat: Contemporary Wildlife Artists of North America, David J. Wagner wrote, “By the 1930s, Runguis’s work coalesced into a mature signature style that was vastly different from anything that had been seen in American wildlife art. True to his own calling, but shaped by the forces of modern art around him, Rungius extended himself and American wildlife art by reducing anatomical and topographical details to strokes of color and blocks of form and mass. His impressionistic plein-air paintings were perfectly suited to North American big game and the environment of the Canadian Rockies.”

PROVENANCE
The Artist
Charles S. King, Scarsdale, NY
Present owner, by descent

99

Carl Rungius

1869 – 1959

Alaskan Brown Bear
oil on canvas
24 × 38 inches
signed lower right
Sold at Auction: $257,400
Condition ReportSurface condition good. Multiple hairline cracks of inpainting above the bear and several below and to left of the bear. Several surface hairline cracks upper left quadrant. Painting has been lined.

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