Lot # 059
Fall 2012 - 1st Session Live auction
ARCA OC OSA 1927 - 1977 Canadian
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1976 and on verso signed, titled, dated and inscribed "Wloch $1,000"
10 x 11 7/8 in 25.4 x 30.2cm
Private Collection, Ontario
William Kurelek, Kurelek Country, 1975, page 50, the 1974 mixed media painting entitled Pastoral Symphony reproduced page 49
William Kurelek and Joan Murray, Kurelek’s Vision of Canada, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 1983, the 1974 mixed media painting entitled Pastoral Symphony reproduced page 55
William Kurelek was raised on farms in Alberta and Manitoba, and is renowned for his depictions of rural life. He had a sense of wonder in his contemplation of the natural world, and he favoured panoramas, as seen here. But just as important to Kurelek was the relationship of people to the land and his use of narrative regarding his depictions of their activities. In reference to his large painting of this exact scene, Kurelek wrote, “Pastoral Symphony shows an actual scene near the Hunter River on Prince Edward Island. I saw plenty of such charming settings during my travels through the tiny province. Almost everyone who visits the island falls in love with it…..Each summer, thousands of vacationers cross by ferry at Wood Islands or Port Borden and I imagine that these two young hikers in the picture are students who have made their way across the country to Prince Edward Island, lured by accounts of sandy beaches and idyllic pastoral scenes.” Rich in colour and detail, and infused with the deliciously indolent atmosphere of summer, Pastoral is a superb example of Kurelek’s rural works.
$49,725 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)
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