Lot # 106
Fine Canadian Art Live auction

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

Winter Study
oil on board
initialed and dated 1912 and on verso inscribed faintly "8.00"
3 5/8 x 5 3/8 in  9.2 x 13.7cm

Acquired directly from the Artist in 1912
By descent to the present Private Collection, Florida

J.E.H. MacDonald to Paul Baer, January 20, 1913, unpaginated

The year 1912 was a pivotal one for J.E.H. MacDonald. He was painting full time and had begun sketching with Lawren Harris on a regular basis. He painted the masterpiece canvas Tracks and Traffic (in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario), which was shown at three important exhibitions and was reproduced in the English version of Studio magazine. He also turned his attention numerous times to garden subjects, executing small oil studies as well as larger canvases in summer and winter. This charming oil depicts sunflowers that have dried on their stalks and remained upright through the snow, standing defiantly against a grey fence in winter. It is a fine work that speaks much more loudly then its small size would seem to permit, as if exemplifying the aspirations of the artist as penned in a letter to the original owner of this work – written just one week after MacDonald had seen and been impressed by the Albright Gallery show of Scandinavian art. MacDonald mused, “Perhaps we little Canadians will likewise be heard from some day.”
Included with this lot is a copy of a letter from MacDonald to the original owner and a copy of the bill of sale for four works, including Winter Study.

Estimate: $12,000 ~ $16,000 CAD  
Sold for: $41,300 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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