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Joseph Francis (Joe) Plaskett
Fall 2009 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 028

Joseph Francis (Joe) Plaskett
BCSFA OC RCA 1918 - 2014 Canadian

Flowers and a Bust
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1961 and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "2 Rue Pecquay, Paris, 4 or 217 4th Ave., New Westminster, BC"
36 1/4 x 28 3/4 in  92.1 x 73cm

Provenance:
Alex Fraser Gallery, Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver

Literature:
Joe Plaskett, Canadian Cultural Centre, 1978, pages 8 and 9

The Rue Pecquay address inscribed on this work is that of Joe Plaskett’s Paris apartment, the richly appointed and sensuous source of so much of his subject matter. Plaskett shares in the Impressionists’ love of painting the everyday aspects of life, but sees himself more as an “intimiste” from the lineage of Édouard Vuillard or Félix Valloton.
Often attracted to the “mystery of shadowy interiors”, Plaskett wrote, “I have so long painted the world of a room, or what is seen in the frame of a window, that I am scared by open space…..I do find a microcosmos of the universe in the interior of a room. Its possibilities are inexhaustible, its variety infinite. An obsession which I dare to hope does not become a trick is the use of mirrors. Through them I double, or multiply my space to infinite, and find always in their deep recesses an echo of the mystery of the world.”
In this beautiful work, Plaskett uses the large mirror to great effect, particularly in the softly painted reflections of light through the windows, and shows an exquisite tenderness in his rendering of the still life on the tabletop.

Estimate: $8,000 ~ $12,000 CAD

Sold For: $11,115.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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