Clarence Alphonse Gagnon

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Clarence Alphonse Gagnon

1881 - 1942
CAC RCA

Clarence Gagnon received his artistic training at the Art Association of Montreal under William Brymner from 1897 to 1900. From the beginning of his studies, Gagnon was drawn towards landscape painting, in particular of the Laurentians and the Charlevoix region of eastern Quebec.

Gagnonís early paintings of rural Quebec gained the attention of art patron James Morgan. Morganís patronage enabled Gagnon to travel to Europe and study in Paris in 1903. While in Paris, Gagnon met follow Canadian painter James Wilson Morrice, and Gagnon quickly adopted Morriceís method of painting en plein air.

Gagnon returned to Canada in 1908 and settled in the Baie-Saint-Paul region of Charlevoix. His affection for the region is apparent in his depictions of the area.

From 1909 to 1914 Gagnon moved between Canada and Europe, while continuing to work on his paintings of rural Quebec. Unlike his other Canadian art colleagues who traveled abroad for brief periods of study, Gagnon spent almost half of his artistic career working in France.

A turning point in Gagnonís career came when Parisian art dealer Adrien M. Reitlinger offered him an exhibition in his Montparnasse gallery. Gagnon is one of the few Canadian artists to have held a solo exhibition in Paris prior to World War I. Even more notable is that most of the exhibition consisted of Gagnonís landscapes of the Laurentians.

Following the 1913 exhibition, Gagnon almost exclusively portrayed the Canadian landscape. He created a new type of winter landscape with juxtapositions of light and shadow, using a fresh colour palette. From 1916 onward his palette consisted of pure white, reds, blues and yellows. In 1936 Gagnon left Paris and returned to Canada for the last time, passing away in 1942 at the age of 61.

Heffel 's Top Results
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The Trapper's Return
21 x 28 3/4in 53.3 x 73cm
circa 1909 - 1913
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $500,000 - $700,000 CDN
Sold for:   $560,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Campo, Siena
29 x 36in 73.7 x 91.4cm
circa 1911
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $300,000 - $500,000 CDN
Sold for:   $351,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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Environs de Baie-Saint-Paul
21 3/8 x 25 3/4in 54.3 x 65.4cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $200,000 - $300,000 CDN
Sold for:   $315,900 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Twilight in the Laurentians, Winter
20 1/8 x 26 1/4in 51.1 x 66.7cm
circa 1910
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $200,000 - $300,000 CDN
Sold for:   $287,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006
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Paysage de Charlevoix
10 x 12in 25.4 x 30.5cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $125,000 - $175,000 CDN
Sold for:   $141,600 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Street Scene in Sunlight, Dinan
25 1/2 x 21 1/4in 64.8 x 54cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $100,000 - $150,000 CDN
Sold for:   $115,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2008 auction on Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Sunlit Street, Dinan
31 x 22 1/8in 78.7 x 56.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $50,000 CDN
Sold for:   $106,200 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Hiver ŗ Charlevoix
11 1/4 x 15 1/2in 28.6 x 39.4cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $70,000 - $90,000 CDN
Sold for:   $100,300 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 4th Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Blueberry Picking
7 3/4 x 8 1/2in 19.7 x 21.6cm
circa 1928 - 1933
tempera on board

Estimate:  $30,000 - $40,000 CDN
Sold for:   $97,750 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2005 auction on Wednesday, May 25, 2005
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Autumn Evening, Baie St. Paul
18 x 22in 45.7 x 56cm
1909
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $100,000 - $125,000 CDN
Sold for:   $71,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's auction on Thursday, November 07, 1996
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