Lot Sale Results

John William (J.W.) Beatty
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 109

John William (J.W.) Beatty
OSA RCA 1869 - 1941 Canadian

Early Spring, Kearney
oil on canvas circa 1928
signed and on verso titled on the Laing Galleries label
24 x 30 1/4 in  61 x 76.8cm

Provenance:
Laing Galleries, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Dorothy Hoover, J.W. Beatty, 1948, page 15

As did many Canadian painters, J.W. Beatty studied in Paris, and although his early affinities were with the Barbizon school, once he returned to Toronto in 1909, an autumn sketching trip to northern Ontario transformed him. He declared that what he saw there would "make me forget the Old World for the rest of my days," and he became a champion of the Canadian landscape. A precursor to the Group of Seven, he painted with A.Y. Jackson and J.E.H. MacDonald on a 1914 trip to Algonquin Park, and he was an early influence on Tom Thomson. In this fresh depiction of a rural town can be seen Beatty's refined treatment of light and colour. The houses are painted with lively pastels, both warm and cool, and his handling of sunlight brightening the sides of the buildings and casting cool shadows is assured. Beatty's fine eye for design can be seen in such elements as the rounded shapes in the melting snow, the radiant central tree and the evocative corridor view to the hills in the distance that completes this serene canvas.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $25,000 CAD

Sold For: $21,240.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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