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Cornelius David Krieghoff

Cornelius David Krieghoff
Vente en salle d'art canadien du printemps 2007 Vente en salle

Lot # 038

Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872 Canadian

The Storm (Portage)
oil on canvas on board
signed, dated 1857 and inscribed indistinctly Quebec and on verso titled on the Watson Art Galleries label, record #12947A
13 x 18 pouces  33 x 45.7cm

Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, Montreal

Dennis Reid, Krieghoff, 1999, similar work entitled Taking Shelter from the Storm reproduced page 190

Krieghoff’s most successful period was the time he lived in Quebec City, from 1853 to 1863. After years of struggling, sometimes having to go door to door to sell his works, Krieghoff finally found the market he needed. Quebec had a substantial number of wealthy English military officers who appreciated the paintings for their accuracy and charm, and knew that they would substantiate the stories of wild lands and peoples that they would inevitably end up telling back home. At that time, the paintings were records of newly explored lands; and now they are even more important records of a long lost past - in this case of the Micmac or Montagnais people on Quebec’s rivers.
This beautifully executed work is particularly interesting because the artist conveys the physical drama of the trees straining in the storm, as well as the human drama of the figures. A more apt title may be the one used for the companion work entitled Taking Shelter from the Storm, 1857, which is in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Thomson Collection.

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

S'est vendu pour: 86,250.00 $ CAN (prime d'achat incluse)

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