Lot # 005
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

William Kurelek
ARCA OC OSA 1927 - 1977 Canadian

A Real Big One!
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1970 and on verso titled
11 1/2 x 18 in  29.2 x 45.7cm

Private Collection, Ontario

William Kurelekís fond recollections of his childhood included many scenes of children at play. Here, on a sunlit winterís day, three are occupied with rolling balls of snow. The two in the near ground struggle with a massive sphere; one boy reaches under it to move it forward, while another peers over the top. Their expressions convey intense concentration on rolling the snow further to achieve the largest possible form. A deep trench marks the path furrowed out by the snow they have collected, its blue contrasting to the field of white snow. Kurelek painted many winter scenes, and was adept at adding nuances to the whites of snow by accenting it with other colours to capture shadows, hollows, footprints, cart tracks and other marks. Here, he has depicted the shadows thrown by the fence posts and the water pump, as well as the coat of the distant figure - who labours with a smaller ball of snow - in various shades of blue, tying the whole scene together adeptly.
This work is in the original frame made by Kurelek.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD  
Sold for: $153,400 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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