Lot # 158
Fine Canadian Art Live auction

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon
CAC RCA 1881 - 1942 Canadian

Granges de range, St. Antoine, Baie St. Paul
oil on panel
on verso titled variously, dated 1939 on the certification label and certified by Lucile Rodier Gagnon, inventory #319/58
4 5/8 x 7 1/8 in  11.7 x 18.1cm

Provenance:
Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Important Collection of the Terroux family, Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, United Kingdom

Between 1936 and 1942, Clarence Gagnon alternated between living in Baie-Saint-Paul, a place he had developed deep ties to, and Westmount in Montreal. During this period he was busy with various plans, which included opening an art school in Horatio Walker's home in Sainte-Pétronille (unrealized). He was involved with heritage conservation - he developed a plan for an open-air museum on the Île d'Orléans - and in 1939, he was appointed president of the fine arts section of the Montreal Tercentenary Commission. In this same year, he was working on a concept and model for a folk museum in Mount Royal. He did not paint much during this time, other than some commissions and studies made outdoors in the Quebec countryside. This small-scale painting, known as a pochade, is a scene typical of the picturesque countryside around Baie-Saint-Paul, with its old barns surrounded by gentle rolling fields. For many years, Gagnon was a familiar sight in this area, traveling on skis in the winter and on foot in the summer, executing fresh, on-the-spot sketches such as this charming rural scene.

Estimate: $12,000 ~ $16,000 CAD  
Sold for: $11,800 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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