Lot # 107
Fine Canadian Art Live auction

Peleg Franklin Brownell
CAC OSA RCA 1857 - 1946 Canadian

Gaspé Fishermen
oil on canvas
initialed twice and on verso titled, dated 1924 and inscribed "F. Brownell RCA"
12 1/8 x 16 in  30.8 x 40.6cm

J.A. Ewart (1872 - 1964), Architect, Ottawa
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

Franklin Brownell’s depictions of the Gaspé Peninsula celebrate the beauty, light and colour of this unique area of Canada. The huge limestone cliffs, composed of Devonian rock, rise abruptly from the waters of the St. Lawrence Estuary and stand in stark contrast to its deep blue. In this painting of Gaspé fishermen, Brownell has cast everything in brilliant sunlight. It is a blue-sky day, in which white specks of gulls sparkle against the light colours of the cliff, sailboats bob in the distant water, and the sand on the near shore dances with varied hues. The trail of blue shadow that streams out behind a walking figure in the lower right corner is a particularly effective bit of brushwork, as are the simply rendered tidemarks that remind us that this tranquil scene actually depicts the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The purple-red boats of the fishermen are areas of darker colour that anchor the otherwise sun-washed scene, further enlivened by the yellow slickers of the fishermen, who are intent on their work.

Estimate: $7,000 ~ $9,000 CAD  
Sold for: $8,260 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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