Lot 620

Previous image preload Next image preload


Irma Sompayrac Willard (American/Louisiana, 1897-1991), "Along the Stream, Louisiana Landscape", 1922, oil on canvas board, signed and dated lower right, 14 in. x 19 3/4 in., period gilt frame. Note: Born in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Irma Sompayrac (later Mrs. David Milne Willard) began painting during her time as a student at Newcomb College, from which she graduated in 1920. After spending time traveling between and working in New York City and Natchitoches, Sompayrac, her friend Gladys Breazeale, and former professor Ellsworth Woodward collaborated to create the Natchitoches Art Colony. With Sompayrac and Breazeale as directors and Woodward as professor, the Art Colony opened with its first season in 1921; there were ten students who had enrolled to study and compete for prizes. In 1922, Will Henry Stevens joined the colony as the primary instructor and over the next decade, the school, while retaining a relatively small number of around thirty students, gained national publicity and students from as far as California. This light and airy landscape, with a rich, yet soft, palette and sweeping composition, draws comparisons to Ellsworth Woodward’s oil paintings. The scene of a Louisiana stream certainly could have been painted near the Natchitoches Art Colony, a location which Woodward described as “an ideal location for an Art Colony” with “scenery unsurpassable.” Noted as the first art colony of the south, the Natchitoches Art Colony paved the way for future colonies and clubs, such as the Cane River Arts and Crafts Club.

Accepted Forms of Payment:

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Personal Check, Visa, Wire Transfer


IT IS THE BUYERS RESPONSIBILITY TO ARRANGE AND PAY FOR PACKING & SHIPPING. ALL BUYERS MUST CONTACT A SHIPPING COMPANY TO MAKE ALL PACKING AND SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDING PICK UP, SHIPPING CHARGES, AND CLAIMS. Final arrangements and agreements are strictly between the buyer and the shipper. Neal Auction is not responsible for the buyers choice of a shipper or to any occurrences during shipping. Although we do not offer packing or shipping service, we do work closely with several shipping companies. The following are in alphabetical order: * CRATERS AND FREIGHTERS: 800-733-0310, [email protected] * THE WOODEN BOX: 800-568-2699 * NOLA PACKAGING & SHIPPING: 504-885-4544, [email protected] * ALL ITEMS ARE PURCHASED 'AS IS' AND 'WHERE IS' WITHOUT WARRANTY. ALL ITEMS MUST BE PAID IN FULL AND CHECKS CLEARED BEFORE THEY CAN BE RELEASED. Please notify us which company you have chosen, as we will not release your merchandise to anyone without your authorization.

May 7, 2016 10:00 AM CDT
New Orleans, LA, US

Neal Auction Company

You agree to pay a buyer's premium of up to 28% and any applicable taxes and shipping.

View full terms and conditions

Bid Increments
From: To: Increments:
$0 $99 $10
$100 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $2,999 $100
$3,000 $9,999 $250
$10,000 $49,999 $500
$50,000 $999,999 $5,000
$1,000,000 $1,999,999 $10,000
$2,000,000 $2,999,999 $15,000
$3,000,000 + $20,000