Lot Sale Results

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 136

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté
CAC RCA 1869 - 1937 Canadian

Père Esdras Cyr, Arthabaska
pastel on paper on card
signed and on verso titled on the gallery label
14 1/8 x 12 in  35.9 x 30.5cm

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Estate of Michel Moreault, Montreal

Laurier Lacroix, Suzor-Coté: Light and Matter, National Gallery of Canada and Musée du Québec, 2002, page 76, the 1908 charcoal on paper entitled Esdras Cyr, in the collection of the Weir Foundation, reproduced page 224; the 1908 charcoal on paper entitled Esdras Cyr, Quarter Profile, in the collection of the Musée du Québec, reproduced page 227; the circa 1910 pastel entitled Esdras Cyr, in the collection of the Musée du Québec, reproduced page 228; the 1911 pastel entitled Père Esdras Cyr reproduced page 229; the 1911 plaster sculpture entitled The Old Pioneer reproduced page 234 and the 1911 bronze entitled The Old Canadian Pioneer reproduced page 237

After returning to Canada from France in 1894, Marc-Aurèle Suzor-Coté set up a studio in Montreal and another in Arthabaska, and announced that he would "specialize in oil and pastel portraits." Suzor-Coté often depicted the habitant people of Quebec, particularly those whose features showed the character of a long life, and in Esdras Cyr, from the generation of pioneers who had cleared the Bois-Francs region and lived in the second concession in Arthabaska, he had the perfect model. Suzor-Coté's friend Renaud Lavergne described Cyr as "truly an authentic old pioneer with a remarkable countenance...the more he spoke, the more Suzor-Coté liked him. The old man used to recount the hard life he had led in his struggle against the forest and the miserable time he had had settling in Sainte-Sophie d'Halifax with nothing to his name but his axe and his courage." Such was Suzor-Coté's fascination with Cyr that he depicted him in charcoal, pastel, oil, etching and sculpture, and some of these works are in museum collections. This reflective and atmospheric pastel shows both his mastery of the medium and his great regard for his subject.

Estimate: $4,000 ~ $6,000 CAD

Sold For: $3,540.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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