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On Sunday, November 3, 2013 in the north room of the west gallery, a large selection of Tunis Ponsen artwork
including framed paintings, watercolors, lithographs, and rare linocuts were put on display.  Do visit to see them!


On this page are 60 available Ponsen paintings!

On Sunday, June 5, 2005 Saper Galleries opened its major 2005 exhibition Tunis Ponsen: Oil Paintings and Watercolors.   Many of those paintings are still on display along with others that have since been pulled from the estate collection to be made available for acquisition!  Please feel free to check availability with us of your preferred paintings before scheduling your trip to East Lansing.

The exhibition featured more than 100 paintings by the Dutch-born artist, 10 percent of those discovered in his estate after he died in Chicago in 1968.  After having been researched, cleaned and framed in-house by the Saper Galleries framing professionals, many of the paintings were exhibited for the first time since the 1920s and 1930s!  Plan a trip to East Lansing, Michigan to see this largest display of Ponsen paintings ever!  For more information or to request assistance in planning your visit, please contact us now!

The photographs shown below represent a very small selection of  the estate paintings of artist Tunis Ponsen.  We would be pleased to share with you information about and images of other Ponsen paintings on canvas, watercolors, single-color lithographs and linocuts. 
Village
                    by the Sea
Village by the Sea
Framed Oil on Canvas
24 x 30"     Sorry, sold

Portrait
                      of a Boy
Portrait of a Boy
Framed Oil on Canvas
18 x 16"     $3,000 framed

Landscape With Trees And Cloudy Sky
  Landscape with Trees and Cloudy Sky
Framed Oil on Canvas
16 x 24"      Sorry, sold

Sand Dunes
                    in Autumn
Sand Dunes in Autumn
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"          Sorry, sold

Gaspe Coast Fishing Houses
Gaspe Coast Fishing Houses, 1939
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"     $7,285 framed

PonsenFarmHouseandFieldsinLateAutumn20x24-4300.jpg
Farm House and Fields in Late Autumn
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $4,300 framed

Illinois
                    Central (ChicagoTracks)
  Illinois Central (Chicago Tracks)
(A view outside of Ponsen's studio)
Framed Oil on Canvas
26 x 20"          Sorry, sold for $5,500 framed
     
    Saper Galleries, East Lansing, Michigan, is proud to have earned the honor and distinction of managing the estate paintings of the Dutch born painter Tunis Ponsen.  On site and available for your viewing and acquisition are more than 400 works of art created between 1926 and 1967.  They include oil paintings on canvas, watercolors, and an extremely limited number of single-color lithographs and linoleum block prints.

    Saper Galleries is having all the oil paintings restored and is framing the Ponsen collection at its East Lansing location.  Please plan a trip to East Lansing to view and enjoy the "Lost Paintings of Tunis Ponsen"!


    Tunis Ponsen was born in 1891 in the Netherlands.  He emigrated to the United States in 1913 and settled in Muskegon, Michigan where, at age 30, he had his first solo exhibitions.

    Ponsen's success as a traditional painter strengthened when he relocated to Chicago in 1924 where he painted until a slip on the winter ice and complications from surgery resulted in his death in 1968.

    Between 1924 when Ponsen entered the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and 1938 Ponsen's work was included in 34 important museum exhibitions.  Critics regularly praised his work which found strong followings at the Detroit Institute of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Flint Institute of Arts, Muskegon Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, among others.

    More recently the rediscovered Tunis Ponsen has been the focus of considerable interest among collectors and scholars.  A traveling exhibition of 52 Ponsen paintings between 1994 and 1996 set attendance records at seven midwest museums.

    A selection of those exhibited paintings along with hundreds more are now being made available as Saper Galleries also reveals to the public the hidden studio paintings of Tunis Ponsen -- many being viewed for the first time since they were painted up to 70 years ago.

    From the 1920s to 1967 Tunis Ponsen's paintings and watercolors were included in hundreds of exhibitions and he won many awards and prizes.  Although he exhibited widely and sold many paintings during his lifetime, at the time of his death in 1968 his niece, Angenita Morris, discovered and inherited more than 1,000 paintings and watercolors from Ponsen's studio.

    Those oil paintings, a few acrylics, and an unexpected collection of woodblock prints and black and white lithographs have now been inherited by the children of Angenita Morris. 

    Saper Galleries has accepted the honor and responsibility of serving the Ponsen descendants by allowing these rare Ponsens -- hidden for 30 years -- to be made available for acquisition by collectors and museums.

    The exhibited  Ponsen estate paintings have been cleaned and restored as necessary to their original pristine condition.  The paintings illustrated here have all been properly framed in extraordinary museum frames.  Photos with frame details are available.

    Ponsen painted images that captured his heart and now evoke an almost nostalgic emotion.  From landscapes depicting the verdant rolling fields of western Michigan and eastern seaboard water scenes, to still lifes and florals, compelling portraits, and personal interior scenes, Ponsen's imagery conveys visually what may be the artist's diary of life.  Never married, his true loves were his painting and sister and niece. 

    At a 1938 solo exhibition of Ponsen's paintings at Chicago's Drake Hotel it was observed that "there is a kind of Dutch honesty in a painting by Tunis Ponsen.  ...Ponsen's paintings 'grow' on you.  At first they may strike you as a trifle harsh, perhaps a bit too blunt.  But go back to the creations again and you will appreciate that while Ponsen's method is conscientiously abrupt, it is far from crude.  You begin to feel the downright integrity of the artist.  These paintings are not color poems, mood symphonies or anything of the sort.  This is prose, straightforward and deliberate...shorn of all superlatives, done by a man well trained in the grammar of art."

    May the love of Tunis Ponsen's paintings be shared by all those who now have the opportunity of enjoying them.     
                                                                  ~ Roy Saper, East Lansing

"The Lost Paintings of Tunis Ponsen" catalog of the 1994-1996 traveling exhibition of 51 Ponsen paintings is available at $15 plus $5 shipping.  Please contact us now for more information and  to have one sent to you!
Please contact Saper Galleries now with your request to see additional Tunis Ponsen images.  You may specify your request by type of imagery (for example: portraits, farm scenes, skyscapes, landscapes, industrial scenes, interior scenes, florals, still lifes) and define price range preferences.  Images will be sent to you immediately upon request.  It is our pleasure to be able to share with you the estate paintings of Tunis Ponsen.

PonsenGrayRedBarnNearHayMound20x24-3800canvas.jpg
Gray-Red Barn Near Hay Mound
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $3,800

PonsenFarmBuildingsAtopRollingHills24x24-4000.jpg
Farm Buildings Atop Rolling Hills
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $4,200 framed
PonsenRollingFieldsWithBarns25x27-5000Board.jpg
Rolling Fields with Barns
Oil on Board
25 x 27"       $5,000
PonsenTwoFarmBuildingsNearGarden25x30-4600.jpg
Two Far Buildings Near Garden
Oil on Canvas
25 x 30"       $4,600
PonsenLeaningGrayBarnAndPathToRedBarn20x24-3200canvas.jpg
Leaning Gray Barn and Path to Red Barn
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $3,200
Barn and Haystack with Chickens
Barn and Haystack with Chickens
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $4,200 framed

PonsenChickensintheBarnyard20x24-6500.jpg
Chickens in the Barnyard
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $6,500 framed

PonsenFarmBuildingsOnAHill20x24-4800.jpg
Farm Buildngs on a Hill
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $4,800 framed
Silo With Impending Storm
Silo with Impending Storm
Framed Oil on Canvas
24 x 30"    Sorry, sold
PonsenAutumnColors20x24-3000.jpg
Autumn Colors
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $3,000

PonsenRedAndGoldenLeaves20x24OnBoard-3400.jpg
Red and Golden Leaves
Oil on Board
20 x 24"       Sorry, sold
PonsenAutumnFieldsAtHarvest20x24-3400.jpg
Autumn Fields at Harvest
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $3,400
PonsenCropsAndTreesOnRollingHills20x24-3200.jpg
Crops and Trees and Rolling Hills
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $3,200

PonsenIslandOfTrees20x24-3000.jpg
Island of Trees
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $3,000
PonsenBridgeAndStormySky20x24-5000.jpg
Bridge and Stormy Sky
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"       $5,000 framed
PonsenFieldWithTreesinSpringBlossoms24x30-4500.jpg
Field with Trees in Spring Blossoms
Framed Oil on Canvas
  24 x 30"          $4,500 framed

PonsenPortraitOfAnOldTreeInLateAutumn24x20-5200.jpg
Portrait of An Old Tree in Late Autumn
Framed Oil on Canvas
  24 x 20"          Sorry, sold
PonsenRollingLandscapeWithRedAndBlueBuildings20x24-5500.jpg
Rolling Landcape with Red and Blue Buildings
Framed Oil on Canvas
  20 x 24"          Sorry, sold

Autumn Landscape with
                  Corn Shocks
Autumn Landscape with Corn Shocks
Framed Oil on Canvas
25 x 30"          Sorry, sold
Pair of Old Trees
Pair of Old Trees
Framed Oil on Canvas
25 x 30"      Sorry, sold

Blue Roofs and Church Spire in Autumn
Blue Roofs and Church Spire in Autumn
Framed Oil on Canvas
25 x 30"        Sorry, sold
Corn
                    Shocks In Field With Wire Fence
Corn Shocks in Field with Wire Fence
Framed Oil on Canvas
  30 x 36"          $9,000 framed

Corn Stacked With Buildings in Background
Corn Stacked with Buildings in Background
Framed Oil on Canvas
  20 x 24"          Sorry, sold
Hay Stacks in Golden Field
Hay Stacks in Golden Field
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"          Sorry, sold

Fields of Stacked Wheat
Fields of Stacked Wheat
Framed Oil on Canvas
22 x 26"    Sorry, sold

Fresh Plowed Field Among Rolling Hills
Fresh Plowed Field Among Rolling Hills
Framed Oil on Canvas
25 x 30"          Sorry, sold for $7,400 framed

Picking the Crops
Picking the Crops
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"          Sorry, sold

PonsenRuralHomesteadWithManWalking25x30-8500.jpg
Rural Homestead with Man Walking
Framed Oil on Canvas
25 x 30"          $8,500 framed

PonsenTerracedGardenbytheTracks30x24-4800.jpg
Terraced Garden by the Tracks
Framed Oil on Canvas
30 x 24"          Sorry, sold for $4,800 framed
PonsenWindingRoadThroughFieldWithFarmer20x24-5500.jpg
Winding Road Through Field With Farmer
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"          $5,500 framed
Standing
                  Female Nude
Standing Female Nude
Framed Oil on Canvas
36 x 32"      $9,400 framed

Portrait Of Ethel Crouch Brown
Portrait of Ethel Crouch Brown
Framed Oil on Canvas
30 x 24"      Sorry, sold

Seated Nude with Green Screen
Seated Nude with Green Screen
Framed Oil on Canvas
42 x 36"      $9,400 framed

PonsenNudeWomanSeatedOnGreen.jpg
Nude Woman Seated on Green
  Oil on Canvas
30 x 24"    $3,200 framed

PonsenWomanWearingScarfAndTwoNecklaces20x16-4800.jpg
Woman Wearing Scarf and Two Necklaces
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 16"      $4,800 framed
PonsenPortraitOfWomanWithBook24x20-4600.jpg
Portrait of Woman with Book
Framed Oil on Canvas
24 x 20"      Sorry, sold
PonsenUndressedManWithHandsBehindHead30x24-6000.jpg
Undress Man with Hands Behind Head
Framed Oil on Canvas
 30 x 24"     Sorry, sold

Man Holding A Bottle
Man Holding a Bottle
Framed Oil on Canvas
32 x 36"     Sorry sold
Illustrated in catalog and in "Lost Paintings of Tunis Ponsen" exhibition 1984-86.

Captain H Barnhardt 1926
Captain H. Barnhardt, 1926
Framed Oil on Canvas
36 x 32"     $9,000 framed
Fishing Nets Hanging Out To Dry
Fishing Nets Hanging Out to Dry
Framed Oil on Canvas
16 x 20"     $4,500 framed

Bridge
                  Over the Channel
Bridge Over the Channel
Framed Oil on Canvas
16 x 20"   Sorry, sold

Fishing Boat At Low Tide Gaspe Coast 1939
Fishing Boat at Low Tide Gaspe Coast, 1939
Framed Oil on Canvas
16 x 20"      $4,500 framed
Gaspe Fishing Nets and Boat on Shore
Gaspe Fishing Nets and Boat on Shore
Framed Oil on Canvas
26 x 30       $6,500 framed

Fishing Houses in Gaspe Peninsula Canda
                  1939
Fishing Houses in Gaspe Peninsula Canada, 1939
Framed Oil on Canvas
30 x 36"       Sorry, sold

Coastal Scene Lighthouse At The Point
Coastal Scene Lighthouse at the Point
Framed Oil on Canvas
  20 x 24"      $5,000 framed

Pier and Buildings at Provincetown 1926
Pier and Buildings at Provincetown, 1926
Framed Oil on Board
24 x 20      Sorry, sold
Landscape with Houses Boothbay Harbor
Landscape with Houses, Boothbay Harbor
Framed Oil on Panel
20 x 16"       $4,800 framed
Incoming Tide Provincetown 1926
Incoming Tide Provincetown 1926
Framed Oil on Panel
19 x 24"     $5,800 framed

PonsenChicagoFishermen20x26-5500.jpg
Chicago Fishermen
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 26"     Sorry, sold

PonsenSunnyCoveWithSailboatsAndRowboats24x30-5745.jpg
Sunny Cove with Sailboats and Rowboats
Framed Oil on Canvas
24 x 30"     $5,745 framed
PonsenSummerLandscapeWithLowClouds18x25-3900.jpg
Summer Landscape with Low Clouds
Framed Oil on Canvas
18 x 25"          Sorry, sold
Open Bridge Chicago River
Open Bridge Chicago River
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"          $8,000 framed

 PonsenChicagoRiverAndGreenHulledBoat20x24-7000.jpg
Chicago River and Green-Hulled Boat
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"          $5,700 framed 

PonsenChicagoRiverGasTankAndBoat20x24-5700.jpg
Chicago River, Gas Tank and Boat
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"          $5,700 framed
Chicago River, Gas Storage Tanks and Bridge
Chicago River, Gas Storage Tanks
and Bridge

Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"          $8,000 framed

Church With
                  Parked Cars
 Church with Parked Cars and Dirt Road
Framed Oil on Canvas
30 x 26"        Sorry, sold

View of Chicago Through the Birch Trees
Framed Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 24"      Sorry, sold
PonsenStudioSceneWithJugAndFourBooks24x20.jpg
Studio Scene with Jug and Four Books
Framed Oil on Canvas
24 x 20"    Sorry, sold

The
                    Open Door Studio Scene
The Open Door Studio Scene
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"      $6,200 framed

Books And Shelf Of Pottery
Books and Shelf of Pottery
Framed Oil on Canvas
24 x 20"      Sorry, sold

PonsenStudioSceneWithBookshelfAndEasel24x20-4700.jpg
Studio Scene with Bookshelf and Easel
Framed Oil on Canvas
24 x 20"      Sorry, sold

PonsenInteriorRoomWithRedScreenAndPaintings30x24-7800.jpg
Interior With Folding Screens and Paintings
Framed Oil on Canvas
30 x 24"      $7,800 framed
Sansavieria Before Window
Sansevieria Before Window
Oil on Canvas
22 x 18"         $3,000
PonsenArrangementofBooksPaintingAndTube32x24-7400.jpg
Arrangement of Books, Painting and Tube
Framed Oil on Canvas
32 x 24"          $7,400 framed

PonsenStillLifeWithBottlePitcherAndOpenBook25x21-4900.jpg
Still Life with Bottle, Pitcher, and Open Book
Framed Oil on Canvas
  25 x 21"      $4,900 framed
PonsenStillLifeWithSanseviera30x24-7500.jpg
Still Life with Sansevieria
Framed Oil on Canvas
  30 x 24"      $7,500 framed
Illustrated in catalog for and in "Lost Paintings of Tunis Ponsen" exhibition 1984-86.

PonsenAnInteriorFreshFruitOnGlassStand26x20-6000.jpg
An Interior (Fresh Fruit on Glass Stand)
Framed Oil on Canvas
26 x 20"      $6,000 framed

PonsenGeraniumsOnBlueCloth20x16-3200.jpg
Begonias on Blue Cloth
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 16"      $3,200 framed

PonsenGingerAleBottleandLemonsonRedChair26x20-5500.jpg
Ginger Ale Bottle and Lemons on Red Chair
Framed Acrylic on Canvas
26 x 20"      $5,500 framed
Pitcher On A Blue Draped Table With Fruit
Pitcher on Blue Draped Table With Fruit

Framed Oil on Canvas
24 x 20"          $6,400 framed

Decorated Pitcher with Green and Red Apples
Decorated Pitcher with Green and Red Apples
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"     $4,200
Still Life with
                  Pitcher, Apples and Bananas
Still Life with Pitcher, Apples and Bananas
Framed Oil on Canvas
20 x 24"          Sorry, sold
Abstraction in Golden Hues
Abstraction in Golden Hues
Framed Acrylic on Board
40 x 32"        Sorry, sold


Stone Quarry
Stone Quarry
Framed Oil on Canvas
30x26"        $9,000 framed
Illustrated in catalog (#23) and in "Lost Paintings of Tunis Ponsen" exhibition 1994-96.
Sunbeams Through the Clouds
Sunbeams Through the Clouds
Framed Acrylic on Board
40 x32"       Sorry, sold


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