The other painting that really stands out is the Alden Mason, Lot 212
, from his Burpee Garden Series. It’s a series of paintings he made with oil paint that he had thinned almost to the consistency of watercolor. He applied the paint to the canvas with rags and brooms and house painting brushes. The series is named after the Burpee Seed Company catalog that Mason remembered from his childhood on a farm. It’s good medium-size work from the series, which are becoming more rare on the market.
: Did the Kleitzs collect most of these works contemporaneously to their creation?
: Yes, they were really on the cutting edge of contemporary art, and they were working with galleries that were also early adopters of trends that would become more solidified later. For example, lots 209 (Soichiro Tomioka (Japanese, 1922-1994), Snow Country
) and 210 (Masando Kito (Japanese, b. 1937), "a different" #26
) are from the Triangle Gallery in San Francisco, which was one of the first galleries in the United States to start bringing in art from China and Japan in the 1960s and 70s. So for instance, Tomioka had a work featured in a Japanese painting exhibit at MOMA in 1966, and the Kleitzs purchased this painting in 1971.