Lot # 183
Spring 2012 - 2nd Session Live auction

Emily Carr
BCSFA CGP 1871 - 1945 Canadian

Fallen Tree Trunk in Wood
oil on paper circa 1935
signed with the estate stamp and on verso titled in graphite, inscribed with the Dominion Gallery inventory #936b and stamped Dominion Gallery
18 x 11 3/4 in  45.7 x 29.8cm

Provenance:
Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
By descent to a Private Collection, Vancouver
Sold sale of Fine Irish and Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 27, 2003, lot 125
Private Collection, USA

Emily Carr began using oil on paper in the early 1930s because she felt that she needed a sketching medium that was more forceful than the watercolour that she had used earlier. Although she remained committed to the idea of sketching out of doors, like her friends in the Group of Seven she generally felt that outdoor sketches were the raw material for canvases produced in the studio. The success of her oil on paper works lies in that she was able to break free of the idea of these works being merely sketches and think of them as works in their own right. The oil on paper medium allowed Carr the immediacy of watercolour but also gave a greater strength of colour and a variety of paint treatments.

Estimate: $60,000 ~ $80,000 CAD  
Sold for: $117,000 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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