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James Wilson Morrice
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 149

James Wilson Morrice
CAC RCA 1865 - 1924 Canadian

Schoolgirls and a Nun in the Park
oil on panel circa 1894
on verso inscribed "10/25 Laing 51" and stamped with the J.W. Morrice studio stamp
3 3/4 x 6 in  9.5 x 15.2cm

G. Blair Laing Limited, Toronto
Acquired from the above by W. Allan Manford, Toronto, May 2, 1966
By descent to the present Private Collection, USA

From 1892 to 1896, James Wilson Morrice was living in Paris. This charming pochade, an oil sketch on a small wooden panel, painted en plein air, is documented in the archives of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts by a photograph titled Nuns in a Park. However, clearly this image is a group of uniformed schoolgirls under the direction of a nun, identified by her cornette - a wing-shaped white wimple. This distinctive headdress was worn by the Daughters of Charity, whose mother house was in Paris and who had many convents in France. With soft, assured brush-strokes, Morrice captures the tranquil ambience of this urban park setting in which shade and sunlight intermingle. For this master Canadian Impressionist, this was a classic subject - Morrice was greatly attracted to Paris's public gardens such as the Tuileries, the Bois de Boulogne and Luxembourg Gardens, where he painted delightful scenes such as this, of people enjoying respite from the city in sylvan settings.
This work is included in the catalogue raisonné on the artist’s work that is currently being compiled by Lucie Dorais.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $44,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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