Lot # 217
November 2013 - 3rd Session Online auction

Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872 Canadian

Trapper on Snowshoes
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled on the gallery label
10 3/4 x 8 1/2 in  27.3 x 21.6cm

Vose Galleries, Boston
Private Collection, Toronto

Cornelius Krieghoff's interest in depicting Canada's First Nations peoples began while he was living in the Montreal region in the 1840s and continued after he settled in 1853 in Quebec City. He portrayed them going about their daily life and developed an approach to painting the figure not as a portrait, but as a specific archetype. This work belongs to Krieghoff's tradition of single-figure subjects of Canada's First Nations peoples. His depictions often place hunters, trappers or moccasin sellers in the centre of the scene, moving towards their destination within a rich Canadian landscape. This work is a fine example of Krieghoff's delicate handling of detail, evident in the swaying threads of the ceinture fléchée and in the dusting of powdered snow that rises from the figure's snowshoes. The First Nations subject and the snow-filled setting make this work a quintessential Krieghoff scene.


$20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

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