Dec 10, 2020 - Sale 2554

Sale 2554 - Lot 3

Price Realized: $ 7,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
JAMES V. HERRING (1887 - 1969)
Untitled (Beach Landscape).

Oil on cardstock, circa 1920-25. 178x178 mm; 7x7 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

Provenance: private collection, California.

This early 20th century impressionist beach scene is a very scarce example of the painting of James Vernon Herring. It is only the second landscape by this influential artist and educator to come to auction.

James V. Herring founded the Howard University Department of Art in 1922, and was a mentor to both James A. Porter and David C. Driskell while chairman of the department from 1932-1952. Professor Herring also judged and contributed essays to exhibitions at the Harmon Foundation in 1930 and 1931 in New York. Then in 1943, with his partner Alonzo J. Aden, Herring opened the famous Barnett-Aden Gallery in Washington, DC, the nation's second African American owned art gallery. Today, Herring's paintings are very scarce: two other known works, Campus Landscape, 1922, and Newport Scene, not dated, are in the collection of Howard University Art Gallery.