Emerson Woelffer

(1914 - 2003)

LAMA set the auction record for a work on canvas by Emerson Woelffer in the October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction with S.H. Painting #2 from 1961 (Lot 373), which realized $21,250.

Lot 175
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,938
September 30, 2018
Lot 176
Emerson Woelffer
Summer Poet Series #5
Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized: $1,188
September 30, 2018
Lot 177
Emerson Woelffer
UBU XII
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,250
September 30, 2018
Lot 178
Emerson Woelffer
3 Blues
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,250
September 30, 2018
Lot 181
Emerson Woelffer
Forio D'Ischia #16
Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $13,750
June 10, 2018
Lot 182
Emerson Woelffer
Strada Nero
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $8,750
June 10, 2018
Lot 217
Emerson Woelffer
Bird on Wall
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $18,750
February 25, 2018
Lot 218
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled (Forio)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,750
February 25, 2018
Lot 219
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled (Madrid)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,313
February 25, 2018
Lot 303
Emerson Woelffer
Black Mirror and Black Hands
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 304
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 305
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,375
October 22, 2017
Lot 306
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled (from Lips)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,812
October 22, 2017
Lot 210
Emerson Woelffer
Born To The Day
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $18,750
May 21, 2017
Lot 211
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 21, 2017
Lot 212
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 213
Emerson Woelffer
The Meeting
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,875
May 21, 2017
Lot 214
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 215
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,812
May 21, 2017
Lot 216
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 21, 2017
Lot 258
Emerson Woelffer
A Blue Letter
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $4,375
October 9, 2016
Lot 275
Emerson Woelffer
Cook and Fish
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $12,500
May 22, 2016
Lot 276
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 22, 2016
Lot 277
Emerson Woelffer
Forio #5
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $12,500
May 22, 2016
Lot 278
Emerson Woelffer
Madrid; Forio (2)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
May 22, 2016
Lot 279
Emerson Woelffer
Forio d'Ischia Napoli Italia: Italian Facade
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,937
May 22, 2016
Lot 280
Emerson Woelffer
Forio d'Ischia
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $3,750
May 22, 2016
Lot 281
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,250
May 22, 2016
Lot 282
Emerson Woelffer
Summer Poet #3
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,125
May 22, 2016
Lot 373
Emerson Woelffer
S.H. Painting #2
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $21,250
October 11, 2015
Lot 62
Emerson Woelffer
Forio d'Ischia Napoli Italio
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $5,625
May 18, 2014
Lot 28
Emerson Woelffer
Collage #2
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,000
October 13, 2013
Lot 29
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $7,187
October 13, 2013
Lot 154
Emerson Woelffer
L.A. Holiday
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $8,125
May 19, 2013
Lot 155
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 19, 2013
Lot 318
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,250
May 6, 2012
Lot 319
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,375
May 6, 2012
Lot 342
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $10,000
December 11, 2011
Lot 343
Emerson Woelffer
A: Exhibition poster for Poindexter Gallery; B: Figure; C: Untitled
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,250
December 11, 2011
Lot 344
Emerson Woelffer
Figures and Head
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,375
December 11, 2011
Lot 15
Emerson Woelffer
Italian Facade
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
March 6, 2011
Lot 16
Emerson Woelffer
Luna
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $3,750
March 6, 2011
Lot 17
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled (White on black)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,000
March 6, 2011
Lot 18
Emerson Woelffer
Untitled (Abstract)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,375
March 6, 2011
Lot 48
Emerson Woelffer
Lake Lugano Mont San Salvatore
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,600
December 7, 2008
Lot 38
Emerson Woelffer
Ischia #2
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $12,000
June 29, 2008
Lot 324
Emerson Woelffer
Small Mirror Painting #1
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $5,520
October 14, 2007

About The Artist

 

The leading figure of abstract expressionism on the West Coast, Emerson Woelffer (1914-2003) is known for his profound influence as a teacher on many contemporary artists. He solidified his unique style in the postwar years by depicting primitive imagery with bold colors and sharp edges, as seen in one of his most famous paintings, Untitled (1949). Much of his work was influenced by his travels to Mexico and Italy, where he learned to use a more minimal approach that incorporated single brush strokes on solid backgrounds. Fascinated by common materials such as strips of paper and glue, he created abstract collages in the 1970s and 1980s. His work can be viewed in international collections, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Woelffer did not complete high school, but he taught artists such as Ed Ruscha and Larry Bell at the Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles in the 1960s; and at Otis College of Art and Design late into his career.

 

“Emerson Woelffer.” Hackett-Freedman Gallery. ArtInfo, 2011. Web. 25 May 2011.

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