William Goodridge Roberts

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William Goodridge Roberts

1904 - 1974
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William Goodridge Roberts was born in Barbados in 1904 to Canadian parents and grew up in Europe and Fredericton, New Brunswick before moving to Montreal to pursue his career. Roberts had an extensive academic background, attending the École des beaux-arts in Montreal and the Art Students League in New York before becoming the first resident artist at Queen’s University. In 1936, he moved to Montreal and founded the Roberts-Neumann School of Art with Ernst Neumann. Roberts joined the Eastern Group of Painters in 1938, which defined his status in Montreal’s modernist milieu. The following year he exhibited at the New York World's Fair. From 1939 to 1949, he established a pattern of teaching at the Art Association of Montreal School of Art and Design, except for the period he spent working as a war artist for the Royal Canadian Air Force between 1943 and 1945. Roberts spent his summers painting in rural Quebec, primarily in the Laurentians and Outaouais regions as well as the Eastern Townships.

As a charter member of the Contemporary Arts Society, the Eastern Group and an elected member of both the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour and the Canadian Society of Graphic Artists, Roberts was a permanent fixture on the Canadian art scene. In 1952, Roberts achieved international recognition when his work was selected along with David Milne, Emily Carr and Alfred Pellan for Canada’s first official presentation at the Venice Biennale. The following year, he furthered his experience abroad when he received a Canadian Government overseas fellowship to work in Paris.

After achieving national and international recognition, Roberts was selected as the first artist-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick in 1959, receiving an Honorary Doctor of Laws from them in 1960. Nine years later, Roberts was given a fine honour for a living artist, a retrospective exhibition by the National Gallery of Canada. Roberts is equally well known for his landscapes, portraits and still lifes, painted with strong expressionist brush-strokes and a poetic sensitivity.

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Still Life on a Green Tablecloth
32 x 48in 81.3 x 121.9cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $20,000 - $25,000 CDN
Sold for:   $69,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 auction on Thursday, November 24, 2005
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Still Life with Irises
25 x 32in 63.5 x 81.3cm
circa 1957
oil on board

Estimate:  $20,000 - $25,000 CDN
Sold for:   $64,350 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2010 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Still Life with Azaleas
20 x 24in 50.8 x 61cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $20,000 - $25,000 CDN
Sold for:   $48,875 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006
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Still Life with Flowers and Fruit
20 x 24in 50.8 x 61cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $20,000 - $25,000 CDN
Sold for:   $43,125 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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Self Portrait
32 x 25in 81.3 x 63.5cm
circa 1953
oil on board

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $32,175 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2009 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Reclining Nude (The Artist's Wife)
23 1/2 x 28 3/4in 59.7 x 73cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $31,625 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2007 auction on Friday, November 23, 2007
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Oranges, Daffodils and Easel
36 x 29in 91.4 x 73.7cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $29,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2012 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, May 17, 2012
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The Boxer
45 x 32in 114.3 x 81.3cm
circa 1951
oil on board

Estimate:  $25,000 - $35,000 CDN
Sold for:   $26,325 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2011 - 1st Session auction on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Countryside in Summer, Calumet
24 x 36in 61 x 91.4cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $25,875 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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Nature morte aux glaïeuls
29 x 36in 73.7 x 91.4cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $20,000 - $30,000 CDN
Sold for:   $23,600 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 4th Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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