Hortense Mattice Gordon

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Hortense Mattice Gordon

1887 - 1961
ARCA CSGA P11

Hortense Mattice Gordon drew avidly as a child and had decided to become an artist by the time she was 16. She set up a studio on a 200 acre fruit farm owned by relatives near Chatham, Ontario, where in addition to creating her own work, taking lessons from respected Canadian landscape painter Alexander M. Fleming, and painting and selling china, she took in pupils. She entered a landscape work in the Royal Canadian Academy competition in 1916 and it was promptly accepted. When shown, it impressed John S. Gordon, who was then Director of the Art Department of the Hamilton Technical Institute. He sought out Gordon and was able to offer her a post at the school when one opened in 1918, which she accepted. They would marry in 1920, and Gordon would continue to teach at the school until 1951, succeeding her husband as head of the Art Department from 1930.

In the summers they travelled to Paris, Amsterdam, and New York regularly, and were exposed to European avant-garde artists, in particular the Barbizon School, which had a decided influence on Gordon's own approach to aspects of her art. They set up a summer studio in Paris, and while there, she worked in an Impressionist manner for a time, then explored the ideals of Cubism. In Canada, she followed the activities of the Group of Seven and the burgeoning movements in Canadian Modernism.

Beginning in 1930, her work became decidedly abstract. She trained under Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann in Cape Cod, Provincetown in summer of 1946, along with Alexandra Luke; they were among the first Canadian artists to do so. She would return in 1949, 1952 and 1954. From him, she learned the importance of dynamism in abstract works, and his theories were critical to her art. Known for her bright, bold abstract paintings, Gordon became a founding member of the Painters Eleven group, and exhibited in their opening show at Roberts Gallery in 1954. This would bring Gordon wide acclaim; she would go on to show in New York and Toronto as a result. She died in Hamilton in 1961, and was given a memorial retrospective in 1963 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

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Nirvana
30 x 25in 76.2 x 63.5cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $12,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,210 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2009 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2009
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Studio Impressions
30 x 22in 76.2 x 55.9cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $10,000 - $12,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,210 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's March 2012 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Venetian Canal
28 x 16in 71.1 x 40.6cm
circa 1960 - 1961
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $2,500 - $3,000 CDN
Sold for:   $8,625 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's May 2003 auction on Saturday, May 31, 2003
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Abstract
15 1/2 x 15 1/2in 39.4 x 39.4cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $3,000 - $4,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,973 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's September 2009 - 4th Session auction on Thursday, September 24, 2009
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Abstract
26 1/2 x 18 1/2in 67.3 x 47cm
oil on burlap

Estimate:  $3,000 - $4,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,540 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's March 2016 - 1st session auction on Thursday, March 31, 2016
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Animation
18 x 15in 45.7 x 38.1cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,540 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2015 - 6th Session auction on Saturday, November 28, 2015
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Untitled
23 x 18in 58.4 x 45.7cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,540 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's March 2016 - 1st session auction on Thursday, March 31, 2016
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Steel City
6 1/8 x 8in 15.6 x 20.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,245 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's May 2016 - 6th Session auction on Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Still Life Abstraction
24 x 19 1/2in 61 x 49.5cm
circa 1948
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,245 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's September 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Autumn
10 x 13in 25.4 x 33cm
watercolour on paper on board

Estimate:  $600 - $800 CDN
Sold for:   $2,340 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's February 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, February 24, 2011
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