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Edward John (E.J.) Hughes
Vente en salle d'art canadien du printemps 2007 Vente en salle

Lot # 190

Edward John (E.J.) Hughes
BCSFA CGP OC RCA 1913 - 2007 Canadian

Passing Ferry, Crofton, BC
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1977 and on verso signed, titled and dated
25 1/4 x 32 1/4 pouces  64.1 x 81.9cm

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

E.J. Hughes: Paintings, Drawings and Watercolours, Heffel Gallery Limited, 1990, similar painting entitled Ferry at the Wharf, Crofton, BC reproduced
Ian Thom, E.J. Hughes, 2002, similar painting entitled The Ferry Arriving at Crofton, BC, reproduced page 199

Crofton, where the ferry terminal for Saltspring Island is located, was a favourite subject for Hughes; it is just a few miles north of Duncan where he lived on Vancouver Island, first briefly in 1975, and then permanently from 1977 onwards. In the early 1970s, Hughes’s palette shifted to paler hues with a silver tonality, and in this painting Hughes bathes the scene with an even, muted luminosity that gives each element a subtle clarity. This is a strong composition, with the spit of land leading the eye straight to the most important element of the work - the ferry, an emblem of West Coast life, and sought-after subject matter for Hughes. Although it is in motion, the ferry seems to hover, giving an interesting sensation of suspended time. Hughes fills the painting with the colourful details of coastal life such as driftwood, small craft and the remnants of a dock, and keeps a fine balance between the works of man and nature, making this an idyllic West Coast image by one of BC’s finest landscape painters.

Estimation: 70,000 $ ~ 90,000 $ CAN

S'est vendu pour: 115,000.00 $ CAN (prime d'achat incluse)

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