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David Brown Milne
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 115

David Brown Milne
CGP CSGA CSPWC 1882 - 1953 Canadian

Snowy Hemlocks
oil on canvas
signed and dated April 20, 1921 and on verso titled, dated by Douglas Duncan and inscribed "Col Mrs. Phillip Clark (Paraskeva Clark / 0 - 24)"
14 x 15 1/8 in  35.6 x 38.4cm

Douglas Duncan Picture Loan Society, Toronto
Paraskeva Clark, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

David Milne, Hart House, 1955, listed
David Milne Jr., "David Milne: His Journal and Letters of 1920 and 1921, A Document of Survival," Artscanada, August 1973, page 45, reproduced page 46
David Milne Jr. and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume 1: 1882 - 1928, 1998, reproduced page 310, catalogue #202.26

Hart House, University of Toronto, David Milne, March 14 - 28, 1955

David Milne spent the winter of 1920 until May of 1921 painting in a cabin he built in a secluded valley on the flank of Alander Mountain, in the Lower Berkshires, five miles from Boston Corners. Milne's letter of April 21, 1921, to his friend James Clarke, in which he directly refers to this work, offers a fascinating insight into his creative process. Milne wrote: "Still snowing. The little hemlocks were beginning to show the weight of the snow, only the smaller twigs bending. Toward night the larger branches started to curve downward and by dark the tips were drooping. Tuesday morning made the last snow sketch, a 14 x 16 oil...Before I had the drawing finished the rising temperature had released the hemlocks, and when the sketch, started with everything white, was finished there were just one or two little spots of white round the red stump...One of the best sketches." From this description we can recreate in our imagination the stillness of the scene and the striking impression of the woods softly blanketed in snow that was the source for this beautiful canvas.

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

Sold For: $220,660.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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