Van Sickle Cubist Hoe Down

I was originally going to include this 1950's painting by American artist Joseph L. Van Sickle (1915-1985) titled Cubist Hoe Down with yesterday's "Movements & Themes" post, but decided to post it separately and include some details of the piece. The painting measures 6' x 9' and sold for $4,750 in a 2004 Antique Helper auction. Since spotting this painting I have searched for similar pieces from Van Sickle, but have had no luck.




6 comments:

Jay said...

My friend Kevin Cole from Indianapolis owned this painting when he died, along with a number of other works by Van Sickle. I have a polaroid of this and other - he discovered them in a cache of works and bought them all. This was by far the largest piece, but all were wonderful. I tried to find out what happened to these pieces after he died, but with no luck. I just ran across my photo of it, googled it, and here it is!

Mid-Centuria said...

Hey Jay- Yeah- no doubt this is a fantastic piece. Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

Unknown said...

Hi - I have two other photos of Van Sickle works of art I would be happy to email you. Let me know where to send them and I'll be happy to share them!

Mid-Centuria said...

I would love to see them! Please send them to midcenturia@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Kevin Cole in Indianapolis actually got his Van Sickle paintings from me. I bought over 60 of them. Joe attended Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown Ohio, his brother also was an artist but painted realism. Joe became frustrated in Indiana because "everyone wants landscapes" he moved to Tennessee and became an art professor at Vanderbilt College. Later he, his wife, and son Jake moved to Florida. He re-married later in life, when he died his wife assumed that since he was from Indianapolis that he had attended Butler University, she donated the paintings to Butler, they had them in storage for many years until I bought them. I still have the matching 6' x 9' hoe down painting as well as 2 others. Ill send pics.

Mid-Centuria said...

Thanks for the insight on Joe...I would have kept the Hoe Down painting too!