Lot # 105
Fine Canadian Art Live auction

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA 1873 - 1932 Canadian

From Warren Road
oil on board
initialed and dated 1918 and on verso signed and titled
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in  21.6 x 26.7cm

Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 24, 2005, lot 9
Private Collection, Toronto

J.E.H. MacDonald’s favourite hobby of gardening provided subject matter for some of his greatest paintings, most notably his 1916 masterpiece The Tangled Garden. Although both this painting and The Tangled Garden are portraits of sun-washed gardens on a hot summer afternoon with lush displays of blossoming vegetation, the style of this work is, in fact, more related to the sketch for the canvas of the same title, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. From Warren Road shows a painterly freedom in his expressionist brush-stroke that builds up an exuberant explosion of flowers in a blaze of colour. This thickly painted work has immediacy and freshness. The year 1918 was an important one for MacDonald – his health was returning after a serious illness in 1917, and he embarked on the first of the famous boxcar trips to Algoma with future fellow Group of Seven members. His enthusiastic response to the experience would launch him into another significant period in his work.

Estimate: $80,000 ~ $120,000 CAD  
Sold for: $94,400 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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