Art collectors will soon have the privilege of bidding for an absolutely wonderful oil painting that has never been part of an auction before. It is Edward Hopper’s fabled Blackwell’s Island, a remarkable artistic representation of the old New York City’s Roosevelt Island.
This piece of land used to be called Blackwell’s Island before 1971, when it was renamed in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The fabled realist painter and printmaker became famous for his rural and urban scenes, as well as his personal vision of the modern life in America.
This particular painting of his is a large scale oil work that measures 5 feet in width. It has been displayed at numerous important exhibitions, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Grand Palais in Paris. Experts believe it could fetch as much as $20 million at Christie’s American Art sale on May 23.