Orville Bulman and William Glackens: Exceeding Expectations

Orville Bulman

The works of Orville Bulman have long been a favorite of collectors. During his lifetime he sold more than 2000 paintings and exhibited in more than forty solo shows. Bulman took some art classes, but was mostly self-taught and the popularity of his paintings surprised even him. When given his first solo show in Palm Beach in 1950, Bulman said, “I can’t believe I’m actually to have a show. I’m almost embarrassed.”

Orville Bulman
Chapeau Fastueux, 1959
Oil on canvas
18 x 20 inches
Signed: Bulman (l.l.)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Bulman had nothing to be embarrassed about. His paintings are joyful, beautifully executed and attracted private collectors like Robert F. Kennedy, President Gerald Ford and the Duchess of Windsor as well as Hollywood actors Raymond Burr, Henry Fonda and Greer Garson.

Orville Bulman
Hot Horn, 1963

The works of Bulman are not only still collected but exceed predicted auction prices. Hot Horn, painted in 1963, sold at Sotheby’s in 2014 for more than twice what was expected.

William Glackens

The NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale holds the largest collection of William Glackens art in the world, thanks to gifts bestowed on the museum by his son, Ira Glackens.

William Glackens
Fruit on Plate with Knife, c.1914
Oil on Canvas
13 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches
Signed:WG
For sale at Surovek Gallery

The NSU Art Museum exhibit, William Glackens: A Modernist in the Making, showcases Glackens’ role in bringing modern art to America, will run through January 14, 2018.

Glackens encouraged fellow artists like Maurice Prendergast and others to pursue their individual artistic visions and break free from mainstream expectations.

Maurice Prendergast
On the Beach, St. Malo, c. 1907
Oil on panel
Signed: Prendergast (l.r.)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

His childhood friend, Albert Barnes, asked him to purchase works by European modern artists. Glackens went to Paris and returned with works by Cézanne, Renoir, Manet, and Matisse which formed the core of what became the Barnes Foundation Collection.

A few weeks ago, a Glackens oil painting of Bathers was the top-selling lot at Shannon’s Connecticut auction, exceeding expected bids.

Orville Bulman and Other Fine Art Works at Surovek Gallery

Please contact us for more information about the works of Orville Bulman, William Glackens, Maurice Prendergast and the other fine artists at Surovek Gallery.

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