Lot # 110
Spring 2012 - 2nd Session Live auction

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon
CAC RCA 1881 - 1942 Canadian

Souvenir du Canada
oil on panel circa 1925 ~ 1927
signed, titled and inscribed "à M. Armand Dayot"
6 3/8 x 9 1/8 in  16.2 x 23.2cm

A gift from the Artist to Armand Dayot, France
By descent to the present Private Collection, Spain

Clarence Gagnon appropriately inscribed on this work the words “Souvenir du Canada” and gave this wonderful sketch to his friend Armand Dayot. Dayot (1851 - 1934) was a French art critic, art historian and politician. He founded the journal L’Art et les artistes and the Breton liberal organisation les Bleus de Bretagne. He became successively the head of the prefecture of Oran, head of the Ministry of Arts in the cabinet of Léon Gambetta and inspector general of the Ministry of Fine Arts. Gagnon must have been particularly pleased with this fine sketch to choose this work as a gift. Certainly Gagnon chose very well, as Souvenir du Canada is a classic plein air sketch by the artist. There are similar larger studio canvases of this subject that are housed in public museums and, as a whole, works such as these are part of our collective consciousness of Canadian art. Souvenir du Canada forms part of this visual history of Quebec, and is the essence of Canadian Impressionism.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $52,650 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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