Fred Machentanz Coin
I have a coin that says "Commemoratiing The 80th Birthday of Fred machentanz. 1988 Has anyone seen one? And any idea on value, it looks like gold.
I recentley acquired artist proof #42/56, "The Golden Years" by Mr. Machentanz. What dollar amount should I insure this print for? Thanks and Regards,
Love his work! Magnificent
beverly Hunter Aper
Met Sara and Fred in l956 at the home of the Palmer experiment station director, Mr. Mick. Have a signed copy of the book "Panuck." What is the value? Thought they had no children. See they had a son the year we left Palmer, 1959.
beverly hunter aper
trailmates-boy and dog-signed lithograph
What is the value?
I just bought this lithograph called "3 pups". Now I know it was a back page in Panuck...but anyone ever hear of other copies of that picture? And if there are no numbers on it...what does that mean?
Fred Machetanz DID NOT hide animals in his pictures as Bev Doolittle does. He was a very serious painter trained in the old school of Maxwell Parrish style.
Eighty Winters was a limited edition and is no longer being printed. If you can buy one for $200.00 you had better grab it, my sister-in- law (who worked for High Ridge for many years) says that she has seen them go for $800.00 framed and a normal price is $400.00 range. This is for pristine condition. The medium for Binky and Eighty Winters was charcoal. You are correct that it was not a Lithograph persay but resembles one.
Machetanz Eighty (80) Winters
Eighty (80) Winters was a piece done by Fred Machetanz in 1970 and given to the Anchorage Art Museum that year with the reproduction rights to benefit the expansion of the museum. When these prints went on sale, they were sold directly by the museum for $25. I too purchased mine in 1970 at the museum. I believe the model for this piece was George Smoak who was a favorite model of Machetanzs and can be seen in his Edition 100 Stone Lithograph NOW BACK IN '98. Eighty (80)Winters has been selling recently in the secondary market (EBAY)for $150-$200, when in very good condition. I have no idea how many of these pieces were sold by the museum, but it must be several hundred, possibly even thousands. The striking nature of the subject, has always made it one of my favorites.
As a sidelite, Fred also did a head profile of the polar bear in the Anchorage Zoo in 1978 (BINKY) which he donated to the Zoo with reproduction rights to raise money for the Zoo. BINKY is done in the same medium as Eighty (80) Winters. I don't know if the medium for these two pieces is charcoal or ink, but they are not Stone Lithographs as some mistakenly believe.
I know this because I am a collector of Fred's Edition 100 Stone Lithographs and neither of these pieces is part of that series of 50 different lithographs.
Mr. Fred starting writing books because he had all this lovely Alaskan art that no one would buy. Since no one wanted to buy his illustrations for a book he was told to 'write a book to go with them yourself.' Which he did until he met Sara then she wrote and he illustrated. Their marriage was a true partnership in every way. Truly a lovely couple.
i read somewhere that Fred hid animals in his pictures. kind of like Bev Doolittle does. I have never seen it. Can anyone confirm this?
I had the pleasure of meeting fred and sara in their home in the late 1970's,spent several hours,have a collection of 20 plus lithos,framed and in my home.special pieces but most special is " end of a long day" which encouraged him to print and he did so.Wow.yes I have it in my office and some days i know that feeling.Just a special person to me.
Brian, Do You know what Machetanz means?? It means 'make a dance.'Dorothy if you have what you think is a charcoal dated 1937, it probably is. Mr. Fred did many things in many mediums in 1937+. He did many of Ohio State's football programs.
I met Mr. Fred in 1970, his son, Traegar was playing football (one of his great passions) with my brother. Met Miss Sara some years later. The Lithograph you have is probably '80 Winters'. Also the Polar Bear head is a print of 'Binky'the polar bear at Alaskan Children's Zoo. Was done as a fund raiser for the zoo. Mike would love to try to help you identify your FM. He did # his Lithographs. If you haven't come up with an answer yet. My sister works for HighRidge Art Studio (FM's). Sherry
Have a work signed F Machetanz, May 1st 1937..Was told it is a charcoal..Have always liked his work but don't know his portraits and don't know charcoal..
Trying to find out if the Machetanz artwork we have is charcoal or a stone lithograph. It is signed and dated 1970. We were told it is charcoal but cannot find anything about his charcoal artwork. It is the portrait of a rugged looking man - shoulders and head. Quite striking.
I have a Frederick Machetanz piece of art that looks like a water color or charcol style drawing, it could be a Lithograph but I can't tell. Its is signed 1970 and is in a frame that it was put in by a shop in 1970. Its not numbered though, did he number his lithographs? I can send a photo if it could help someone let me know. I look at a lot of books and websites and have not seen this piece art.
I always have and forever will marveal at the splendid work on my Grandma's walls. Meeting FM and S only a few times, I still quickly learned how lovely both of them were. My grandma is F's cousin. The pinting that I can never keep my eyes off of is of dances in pink that hangs above the fireplace at my grandma's
I was privileged to meet Fred & Sara at their home while my family & I lived in Anch. 67-70. I was arts writer & critic during that time & worked w/ Anch Museum as vol. A real loss to art!
10/22/03 Brian Nichols
you pronounce Machetanz
Mock a tonz.
Hope this helps
10/22/03 Brian Nichols
I should have been more clear about the name.
The a is pronounced ahh.
Mock ahh tanz.
I am a librarian at the Toledo Public Library. Our library owns a work of his art and we have received requests for the pronounciation of Mr. Machetanz's name. Can anyone provide us with this information? Thankyou Brian Nichols
My grandmother was from Kenton, OH and a friend of the Machetanz. I was saddened to hear of his death. I have a couple of prints and an autographed book by him. Best wishes to his family; he was a great painter!
Alaska's most identifiable and honored artist. Frederick Machetanz died Sunday 10-6-02 at valley hospital in Palmer Alaska, he was 94.
"Panuck- Eskimo Sled Dog"
I lived in Alaska during WWII and have this book given to me by my cousin. My Mother worked for the Coast Guard in Ketchikan, Alaska then. I love the illustrations in the book, many in color. It was published in 1939, the year I was born and the story is about an Eskimo boy named Andy!!!