Miller Gore Brittain

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Miller Gore Brittain

1912 - 1968
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Miller Gore Brittain was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1912, and attended Saint John Vocational School as a youth. From 1930 to 1932 Brittain studied at the Art Students' League of New York with artists such as Harry Wickey. He participated in several group exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal and New York in 1939 before serving in World War II, and became an official war artist in 1945. His first solo exhibitions took place in 1949 at the New Brunswick Museum and in New York at the George Binet Gallery in 1950. He continued to exhibit in New York, Toronto and New Brunswick through the 1950s and 1960s, as well as participating in group exhibitions nationally. He painted mainly the human figure - portraits, nudes, dynamic social realist paintings and interpretations of biblical stories - as well as many variations of flower subjects in the last five years of his life. He was deeply influenced by the English artists William Blake and Henry Moore.
Brittain was a founding member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and was also a member of the Contemporary Arts Society and the Canadian Society of Graphic Artists. He died in 1968, and was awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal posthumously. Several nationally-touring exhibitions were presented after his death, including Miller G. Brittain: Drawings and Pastels c. 1930 - 1967 in 1968, Miller Brittain: Painter in 1981 and Miller Brittain: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears in 2008.

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Swimmers
15 x 19in 38.1 x 48.3cm
circa 1940
oil on board

Estimate:  $18,000 - $24,000 CDN
Sold for:   $29,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Odalisque
24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $5,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $10,530 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's May 2010 - 3rd Session auction on Saturday, May 29, 2010
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Winslow Street West, Saint John, NB
11 x 8in 27.9 x 20.3cm
1937
chalk pastel on card stock

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $8,625 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006
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Preparatory Drawing for the Tuberculosis Hospital Mural
7x 10in 17.8 x 25.4cm
circa 1941 - 1942
graphite on paper

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,850 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's May 2010 - 3rd Session auction on Saturday, May 29, 2010
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Lunch Counter
14 x 11in 35.6 x 27.9cm
circa 1948
conté and pencil on paper

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,850 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's May 2010 - 3rd Session auction on Saturday, May 29, 2010
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Untitled
24 x 18in 61 x 45.7cm
mixed media on paper

Estimate:  $2,000 - $3,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,310 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's March 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Portrait of a Girl
9 x 7in 22.9 x 17.8cm
pastel, gouache and graphite on paper

Estimate:  $2,000 - $3,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,425 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's September 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Grief
17 7/8 x 11 7/8in 45.4 x 30.2cm
pastel and pencil on paper

Estimate:  $2,000 - $3,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,388 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's May 2009 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Cross-Country Skiers
20 1/4 x 16 1/4in 51.4 x 41.3cm
pastel on illustration board

Estimate:  $4,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,095 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's May 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, May 26, 2011
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Female Figure
17 3/4 x 12in 45.1 x 30.5cm
mixed media on paper

Estimate:  $1,200 - $1,500 CDN
Sold for:   $4,095 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's January 2009 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, January 29, 2009
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