Lot Sale Results

Jack Hamilton Bush
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 075

Jack Hamilton Bush
ARCA CGP CSGA CSPWC OSA P11 1909 - 1977 Canadian

Small Red Hill
oil on board
signed and on verso titled, dated 1953 and inscribed "Caledon" on the Jack Bush Art Estate label and "P-35" on a label
17 x 22 in  43.2 x 55.9cm

Estate of the Artist
Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, 1988
Private Collection

Marc Mayer and Sarah Stanners, Jack Bush, National Gallery of Canada, 2014, page 15

Jack Bush's landscapes of the 1930s and 1940s were influenced by Charles Comfort and the Group of Seven. However, after encountering Abstract Expressionism during a 1950 trip to New York, Bush experimented with abstraction, and for a time moved back and forth between figuration and abstraction. The year 1953 was a pivotal one for Bush - he participated in the exhibition Abstracts at Home in Toronto with a group of modernist artists, who afterwards became Painters Eleven. Abstraction would dominate Bush's work by 1955, but in 1953 he was still painting landscape. Marc Mayer's description of one of Bush's styles as "perspectival distortion with increasingly expressionist angularity" is an apt one for this strong landscape. There is a jagged rhythm and coiled tension to the rolling land and folding layers of clouds, and the central grey-white square form hovers in the clouds like an abstracted motif. In Small Red Hill, Bush has left behind the conventionality of his earlier work for a new and powerful expressionist interpretation of the landscape, which contains intimations of his movement towards abstraction.
This work will be included in Sarah Stanners's forthcoming Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné.

Estimate: $8,000 ~ $12,000 CAD

Sold For: $15,340.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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