Lot # 006
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

William Kurelek
ARCA OC OSA 1927 - 1977 Canadian

Hauling Hay
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1976
7 3/8 x 7 3/8 in  18.7 x 18.7cm

A gift from the Artist to the present Private Collection, Toronto

William Kurelek, A Prairie Boy's Winter, 1973, an earlier related painting entitled Hauling Hay reproduced, unpaginated

William Kurelek's depictions of the daily chores that were part of farm life in rural Canada are quintessential - charming and delightful. This winter scene shows two boys loading hay, surrounded by an expanse of white, with both the wagon and the horses mostly hidden behind the fortress of snow-covered hay. The boy atop the stack has broken the hay free of its winter cocoon, and his laboured breath is clearly visible in the cold air. The eyes of the other boy peer up from beneath his toque, and he stands with his pitchfork at the ready, waiting to ensure the hay lands in the wagon. Kurelek had the ability to draw us deeply into his paintings and thus into the importance of the tasks he depicted. The boys are intent on their work and oblivious to the hare in winter white fleeing across the field behind them with a dog in hot pursuit. The bright colours of the hay, horses and distant buildings make the work sing, with the orange mittens of the boy wearing the green coat sounding an especially fine note.
This work is in the original frame made by Kurelek.

Estimate: $35,000 ~ $55,000 CAD  
Sold for: $70,800 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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