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Alexander Colville
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 052

Alexander Colville
PC CC 1920 - 2013 Canadian

Study for The River Spree
acrylic polymer emulsion and pen and ink on paper
signed and dated 1971 and on verso titled on a gallery label
11 7/8 x 6 3/4 in  30.2 x 17.1cm

Provenance:
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, 1977
By descent to the present Private Collection, Germany

Literature:
Marina Vaizey, Alex Colville: Paintings and Drawings, 1970 - 1977, Städtische Kunsthalle and Fischer Fine Art Limited, 1977, listed page 32 and reproduced page 16
David Burnett, Colville, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983, the 1971 acrylic in the collection of the Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna, reproduced page 172, and studies for this painting reproduced pages 171 and 218
Mark A. Cheetham, Alex Colville: The Observer Observed, 1994, page 104

Exhibited:
Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem, Alex Colville: Paintings and Drawings, 1970 - 1977, March 7 - April 10, 1977, traveling in 1977 to Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf and Fischer Fine Art Limited, London, June 9 - July 8, 1977, catalogue #25

This fine mixed media work is a study for the 1971 acrylic painting The River Spree in the collection of the Museum moderner Kunst in Vienna, produced during Alex Colville's 1971 stay in Berlin. The artist’s works often depicted the relationship between animals and people, and in this image Colville's wife Rhoda walks their terrier Shasta along the river's edge. The River Spree cut through what was then East and West Berlin, and the Berlin Wall, still in place in 1971, ran along its bank. Colville’s work often contains undercurrents of potent meaning. In reference to the acrylic The River Spree, Mark Cheetham writes that "Colville, who we know, dislikes apolitical people, trusts that we will catch the drift of the painting, the sense that apparent calm and quotidian activity may mask a volatile political situation." Colville saw animals as inherently pure and good, and in this close-up study of woman and dog, Shasta embodies an innocence that contrasts the charged situation in Berlin at the time.

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

Sold For: $26,550.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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