LOT 155

1873 - 1932

Algonquin Park
oil on panel
on verso signed, titled, dated 1914, inscribed variously and monogrammed with the artist's initials
8 x 10 in, 20.3 x 25.4 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $40,250

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Collection of Mr. and Mrs. A. Crawford Kenny, Toronto
Bequeathed to the present Private Collection, Toronto

The sketching trip taken by J.E.H. MacDonald in the spring of 1914 yielded primarily oil sketches – studies in light and shade, often focused on snowy forest interiors. MacDonald produced relatively few studio works relating to this trip, but some celebrated examples are known, such as the dramatic mid-sized canvas Snow Flurries, Algonquin Park (1914), sold by Heffel in November of 2004, and March Evening, Northland (also 1914), purchased by the National Gallery of Canada in 1916. The foreground of that important canvas handles the shadowy snow in much the same way as oil sketches such as this one – in subtle modulations of blue, pink and grey. The sketches from this trip are 8 x 10-inch oil on panel works, all done on the spot in the park. These works feature a sense of exploration, as MacDonald investigates the delicate play of light and shadow. In navigating the subtle variations of a single theme in this way, MacDonald greatly furthered his means of giving authentic voice to the landscape around him.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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