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Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Printemps 2015 - 2e séance Vente en salle

Lot # 104

Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
ASA CPE CSPWC RCA 1884 - 1963 Canadian

Lake Louise
watercolour on paper
signed and dated 1951
14 3/4 x 21 5/8 pouces  37.5 x 54.9cm

A gift from the Artist to the present Private Collection, Oregon

Walter J. Phillips and Frederick Niven, Colour in the Canadian Rockies, 1937, page 26
Roger Boulet, The Tranquility and the Turbulence, 1981, the 1940 colour woodcut of this view entitled Lake Louise reproduced page 153 and a similar 1940 watercolour entitled Lake Louise reproduced page 185

"We must return to Lake Louise for good reason. I have not yet told you of how the morning comes there. You should not miss that - the coming of day, inverted, in the water mirror...It is something to remember for life." Walter J. Phillips wrote this passage in the 1937 book Colour in the Canadian Rockies. In addition to including his sensitive prose, the book illustrated Phillips's watercolours lavishly, introducing a wider population to his version of the splendour of the Canadian Rockies. After teaching for some years at the summer school of the Banff School of Fine Arts, Phillips moved to Banff in 1943. He taught there until 1959, often sketching in the mountains. His appreciation for the subtle beauty of the scenery is demonstrated in works such as this delicate watercolour of Lake Louise. An unmatched technician, Phillips painted the Rockies with a profound sensitivity to the ever-changing light, mood and feeling that came from careful and constant observation of the mountain scenery. This still, ethereal watercolour captures a moment of soft, utterly undisturbed morning sunlight at Lake Louise.

Estimation: 15,000 $ ~ 20,000 $ CAN

S'est vendu pour: 32,450.00 $ CAN (prime d'achat incluse)

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