Lot Sale Results

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald
Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 Live auction

Lot # 010

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

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

Gift from the Artist to the present owner's grandparents, Toronto

Paul Duval, The Tangled Garden: The Art of J.E.H. MacDonald, 1978, page 13

The present owner's grandparents were very close friends of J.E.H. MacDonald and his wife. The owner's grandparents lived at 169 Warren Road, on the edge of the upscale neighbourhood of Forest Hill in Toronto, the garden and interior of which is the subject for lots 9 and 10. The MacDonalds stayed at their residence often and in fact, after J.E.H. MacDonald passed away, Mrs. MacDonald lived for a short time with them on Warren Road.

Duval calls MacDonald “an authentic hero of Canadian art. A philosophical and gentle man, his landscapes are among the most powerful of the famed Group of Seven. With Lawren Harris, he was the moving spirit behind that band of artists… He was an eloquent spokesman, an accomplished poet, and a natural teacher… He was a friend and mentor of Tom Thomson, and the biggest single influence upon that painter.”

It is rare to see the subject of still life interiors in MacDonald’s work. This peaceful scene in the house at Warren Road radiates life with the bright-eyed parrot regarding the viewer, the luscious hues of flower arrangements and the radiant green light of the garden glowing through the window. In this charming painting, MacDonald shows his enjoyment of the decorative side of nature and demonstrates his deft handling of paint and compositional elements.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD

Sold For: $103,500.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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