Lot Sale Results

William Kurelek

William Kurelek
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 007

William Kurelek
ARCA OC OSA 1927 - 1977 Canadian

A New Brunswick Manger Scene
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1975 and on verso titled and dated and inscribed "3" and "Nativity Series" on the gallery labels
24 x 24 in  61 x 61cm

Provenance:
The Isaacs Gallery Ltd., Toronto
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, November 10, 1987, lot 159
Private Collection

Exhibited:
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, The Collectors, September 22 - December 10, 1995

After his conversion to Catholicism in 1957, William Kurelek sought to emulate the example of Christ in his own life. He turned away from his own personal problems and torments, images that had occupied his work for some years, and sought to better the lives of others through painting. Here, Kurelek has taken an authentic Canadian scene and placed it in a biblical context, and through his sincerity of message, it is fully convincing. The figure who represents Mary is dressed in clothing typical of Manitoba's Ukrainian farm women - right down to her gumboots. These details add to the authenticity of the scene. The stumps indicate that this is a logging camp - Kurelek had worked as a logger himself. The loggers in the distance rush hungrily into the cookhouse, oblivious to the scene unfolding in the barn a short distance away.
This work is in the original frame made by Kurelek.

Estimate: $60,000 ~ $80,000 CAD

Sold For: $141,600.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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