Lot Sale Results

William Ronald
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 047

William Ronald
P11 RCA 1926 - 1998 Canadian

The Baron
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1961 and on verso titled and inscribed "#614" / "R-272"
48 x 50 in  121.9 x 127cm

Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Canadian Post-War & Contemporary Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, September 29, 2007, lot 44
Private Collection, Toronto

Dennis Reid, Toronto Painting: 1953 - 1965, National Gallery of Canada, 1972, similar works Gypsy reproduced front cover and Jungle reproduced catalogue #43
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 109

The youngest member of Toronto's Painters Eleven group, William Ronald dived into the passion and turbulence of the New York scene when he moved there in 1954. He met established Abstract Expressionist painters such as Franz Kline and made connections with important figures in the art world. In an ARTnews review of a Painters Eleven exhibition at the Riverside Museum in 1956, Lawrence Campbell called Ronald "the most sensational of the group." This work's title of The Baron seems an apt choice, as it exemplifies the strength and solidity of the artistís abstract images from the early 1960s. A fine example of Ronaldís concentration on an emphatic central focus, this painting, with its rich reds, striking blue and darker contrasting hues, displays a more subtle play of textures and forms than do his more expressionist canvases of the mid-1950s. The Baron is reminiscent of two works in the 1972 National Gallery of Canada exhibition Toronto Painting: 1953 - 1965: Gypsy (1959), the catalogue's cover piece, and Jungle (1961), in the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $29,500.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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