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Clarence Alphonse Gagnon
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 133

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon
CAC RCA 1881 - 1942 Canadian

Study for "Olé" Spanish Dancer
oil on board
on verso titled and dated 1906 on the label and certified by Lucile Rodier Gagnon Inventory #631
9 1/4 x 6 in  23.5 x 15.2cm

Provenance:
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Estate of Michel Moreault, Montreal

Literature:
Hughes de Jouvancourt, Clarence Gagnon, 1970, the 1906 oil titled as Olé, the Spanish Dancer, collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, reproduced page 47
Hélène Sicotte and Michèle Grandbois, Clarence Gagnon, 1881 - 1942: Dreaming the Landscape, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 2006, listed page 342, reproduced page 78

Exhibited:
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City, Clarence Gagnon, 1881 - 1942: Dreaming the Landscape, June 7 - September 10, 2006, traveling to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, 2006 - 2007, catalogue #20

Clarence Gagnon's first sojourn in Paris was from 1904 to 1908, and from April to May of 1904 he took a trip to Spain, exploring Burgos, Madrid, Seville, Córdoba, Granada and Toledo. While in Madrid, Gagnon made frequent visits to the Museo del Prado to see the works of El Greco, Titian, Jan van Eyck, Francisco Goya and, of particular interest, Diego Velázquez. This spirited painting of a Spanish dancer was likely executed on the spot. Spain is known for flamenco, and here Gagnon captures the passion of this dancer with a palette of sumptuous reds, oranges and golden skin tones. Lit from below, her shadow cast on the wall adds emphasis to her dramatic pose. This work is the preliminary study for the painting Danseuse espagnole, in the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, which was first exhibited as Olé! at the 1906 Salon of the Société des artistes français in Paris. In Danseuse espagnole, Gagnon added guitar players in the background, but in this work, the dancer is the entire focus - exotic and sensual, she is mesmerizing.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $20,000 CAD

Sold For: $16,520.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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