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Modern American Life: The Lithographs of George Bellows

George Bellows (American, 1882-1925) Preliminaries, alternatively titled Preliminaries to the Big Bout, 1916, edition of 67 (Lot 13, Estimate: $15,000 – 25,000)

One of the youngest of the Ashcan School artists, George Wesley Bellows began making prints in 1916. Like his paintings, his lithographs incorporated a wide breadth of subject matter, depicted in realistic, often gritty, detail that signified American city life in the early 20th century in all of its vast varieties.… Read More

Daguerreotype Portraits: A Compelling New England Collection of Early Photographs

American School, 19th Century Hand-tinted Sixth-plate Daguerreotype of a Mother and Child (Lot 88, Estimate $300-$500)

A daguerreotype is a highly detailed photographic image on a sheet of copper that has been plated with a thin coat of silver and then exposed to light. It is a one-of-a-kind direct positive, meaning that there is no negative from which to make multiple reproductions. Developed by Jacques-Louis-Mandé Daguerre, a French artist and scenic designer, the daguerreotype process was the first practical and widely available method of obtaining permanent images with a camera.… Read More

Meet the Experts: Michelle Lamunière, Photography Specialist

Expert appraisers work together at Skinner auction house to find, appraise, and research rare, beautiful, and historically important items. In this blog series, we will meet some of these experts and learn the stories behind their success.

How did you first become interested in photography?

My father was an art director and graphic designer so visual imagery was all around me growing up. I’ve always been interested in photography because of the way it straddles art and real life.… Read More

The Folk Art Portraits of Ammi Phillips

Shrouded in mystery for many years, Ammi Phillips’ portraits have been eagerly studied by scholars and avidly collected both by institutions and individuals. His work has consistently been recognized as the most important among nineteenth century American folk art portraits and has held the interest of the art world for decades.