Lot # 003
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Gordon Appelbe Smith
BCSFA CGP CPE OC RCA 1919 - Canadian

Still Life with Red and Black
oil on canvas circa 1957
signed and on verso titled on the Jerrold Morris Gallery label
33 1/4 x 29 1/8 in  84.4 x 74cm

Provenance:
Jerrold Morris Gallery, Toronto
Charles E. McFaddin, Toronto
Private Collection, California
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, December 3, 1997, lot 71
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 136

As Roald Nasgaard notes, Gordon Smith's 1950s paintings "were about being modern, about accommodating the imperatives of abstraction as they were being issued from far away and about responding to a local environment already shaped by strong commitments to modern architecture and design." The "imperatives of abstraction" that Nasgaard refers to are rooted in works by American Abstract Expressionist painters that Smith saw during his 1951 trip to San Francisco to study at the California School of Fine Arts. As Smith stated, "Abstract Expressionism.....taught me the quality of paint." Back in Vancouver, Smith added his ideas to the flourishing modernist milieu inhabited by artists such as B.C. Binning and Jack Shadbolt. Volume, space and colour were the elements Smith was concerned with in this work, in which space pops both two- and three-dimensionally; expressionist, layered brush-strokes define colour fields; and hot reds and inky black contrast with soft pastel hues. Still Life with Red and Black is an outstanding example of the potency of Smith's abstract images during the 1950s.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $20,000 CAD  
Sold for: $21,240 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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