Lot 29
American (1905-1970)
Eucalyptus (1955)

oil on canvas


48 x 36 inches


signed lower right

Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000

Price Realized: $39,680
Includes buyer's premium

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Frame Information

frame dimensions: 49 x 37 x 1 1/2 inches, wood frame with metal veneer


The Estate of Eveline Hunt

A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY


overall good condition, with some very minor stress cracks and very minor losses along edges, minor area of loss near signature, medium is well attached to the support

John Ferren

American 1905-1970

John Ferren's impact on Abstract Expressionism was significant, as he focused on vibrant colors, dynamic compositions, and expressive brushwork in his work. His artistic career was multifaceted, spanning painting, sculpture, stained glass, teaching, and writing. He authored numerous articles on abstract art and theory, some of which were published in the influential magazine "It Is. A Magazine for Abstract Art" (1958-1965).

Ferren's collaborations and connections in the art world were notable. He developed a friendship with Picasso, who served as a mentor to him. Together, they even prepared the canvas for "Guernica" in 1937.

He collaborated with filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock in the 1950s. In Hitchcock's 1955 film "The Trouble With Harry," Ferren painted the artworks of the main character, Sam Marlowe. Additionally, in the 1958 film "Vertigo," Ferren was responsible for creating the haunting Jimmy Stewart nightmare sequence and the eerie "Portrait of Carlotta."

Through his diverse talents as an artist and educator, Ferren made significant contributions to both the creation and understanding of modern art, shaping critical perspectives and interpretations in the process.

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The Estate of Eveline Hunt

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With an insatiable curiosity and an eye for beauty, Eveline Hunt embarked on her collecting journey in the late 1950s. At the time she was a young woman traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. Starting as an Assistant Travel Editor at Charm Magazine, her career allowed her to explore the world, fueling her love for collecting.

 Her taste, though primarily focused on 19th and early 20th-century art and furniture, knew no bounds. With an eclectic flair, she welcomed pieces from various genres and periods into her collection, creating a virtual museum within her grand prewar apartment in the Belnord. Hunt continued to travel and add to her vast collection into her 80’s.

 Beyond her collecting pursuits, Eveline Hunt was a woman of depth and character. She worked as an investment broker until the age of 80, was independent, glamorous, and fiercely intellectual. She immersed herself in the cultural tapestry of New York City. From off-Broadway theaters to the grand stages of the Opera, from symphony halls to the great halls of museums and galleries, she reveled in the arts.