Ethel Seath

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Ethel Seath

1879 - 1963
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Ethel Seath was born in 1879 in Montreal. Due to the breakup of her parent's marriage, Seath helped support her four siblings, and as early as 16, she began working as an illustrator for the Montreal Witness. Circa 1898 she studied at the Conseil des Arts et Manufactures, taking drawing with Edmond Dyonnet and lithography with Robert Harris. In 1901 she joined the Montreal Star as an illustrator, followed by the Family Herald. After 20 years working as an illustrator, Seath was appointed art teacher in 1917 at Montreal's The Study, a private girl's school. She also taught children's art classes at the Art Association of Montreal from 1937 to 1941. Teaching art was a life-long committment, and after The Study's founder Margaret Gascoignes - a close friend - died in 1934, Seath continued teaching there until retiring in 1962.

Seath was a member of Montreal's Beaver Hall Group formed in 1920, and after its formal demise, continued her ties with her fellow women members, exhibiting with them in group shows at the Art Gallery of Toronto in 1940, the Art Association of Montreal in 1944, the Willistead Art Gallery in 1945 and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1940.

Although she worked, Seath painted and actively exhibited throughout her life. Her subjects were cityscapes, still lifes and landscapes, depicted using curvilinear patterns, bold masses of colour and simplified detail. She participated in the Art Association of Montreal's spring exhibitions as early as 1905, and in the Royal Canadian Academy Annual in 1906. From 1931 to 1933 she participated in the Annual Exhibition of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada. Her work was included in the important 1925 British Empire Exhibition in 1925 at Wembley, England and A Century of Canadian Art at the Tate Gallery in London in 1938. She was elected to the Canadian Group of Painters in 1939 and exhibited in their group shows, and joined the Contemporary Art Society circa 1940.

Seath died in Montreal in 1963

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Record Ethel Seath sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Ethel Seath
Houses in the Valley
13 x 17in 33 x 43.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $7,000 - $9,000 CDN
Sold for:   $23,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2006 - 3rd Session auction on Saturday, November 25, 2006
Record Ethel Seath sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Ethel Seath
Still Life with Flowers
18 x 19in 45.7 x 48.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $14,040 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2009 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2009
Record Ethel Seath sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Ethel Seath
Champignon No. 1 - Toadstools
14 x 20in 35.6 x 50.8cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $9,000 - $12,000 CDN
Sold for:   $10,350 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2004 auction on Thursday, November 25, 2004
Record Ethel Seath sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Ethel Seath
Lily Buds
24 x 18in 61 x 45.7cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $9,000 - $12,000 CDN
Sold for:   $9,360 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2013 - 6th Session auction on Saturday, November 30, 2013
Record Ethel Seath sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Ethel Seath
Old Tree on the Morris Property
17 1/4 x 13 3/4in 43.8 x 34.9cm
watercolour

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $6,900 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2002 auction on Thursday, November 14, 2002
Record Ethel Seath sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Ethel Seath
Landscape with Houses
13 x 17in 33 x 43.2cm
watercolour

Estimate:  $3,000 - $4,000 CDN
Sold for:   $6,325 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian and Irish Art Fall 2003 auction on Friday, November 28, 2003
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