Jared French, Mary Nimmo Moran and Thomas Hart Benton Bring Strong Prices at Swann Galleries


NEW YORK, NY.- The top lot in Swann Galleries’ June 9 auction of American Art and Contemporary Art was Jared French’s Siren, an egg tempera painting, circa 1945, which remained in the artist’s possession until his death. The richly symbolic work sold for $138,000*—the third highest price ever paid for a Jared French painting at auction. The sale established an auction record for the work of Mary Nimmo Moran, wife of famous Hudson River School artist Thomas Moran. Long Island Landscape, an 1880 oil on panel, was her first painting to appear at auction. It sold for $64,800. Thomas Hart Benton’s Landscape, Martha’s Vineyard, oil on paper, circa 1922-24, drew a lot of phone bidders from all over the country, including Martha’s Vineyard, and sold for $60,000. Other featured American paintings were Ogden M. Pleissner’s Rail Shooting on the Connecticut River, watercolor on paper, circa 1950s, $26,400; Charles Bu