-By Dan dos Santos

Every year, Heritage Auctions, the third largest auction house in the world, holds an auction of classic American illustration. One of the coolest things about this auction is the preview. Not only are there a lot of pieces you will not see elsewhere, but Heritage consistently posts amazingly high resolution scans of the works available. These scans are a great opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your favorite painters.

As painters, we are always encouraged to step back and view one’s picture as a whole. But there is equal value in doing the opposite. Every now and then, it’s great to zoom in, and live in the details… where every single brushstroke shows intention. Suddenly, seemingly unimportant passages turn into amazing microcosms of paint.

Today, we have for you a few excerpts of Dean Cornwell paintings found in this year’s auction. Click on the details below to view the entire painting in high resolution.