LOT 144

1897 - 1991

At the Market
oil on board
signed and on verso titled and dated 1920 on the gallery labels and inscribed indistinctly
8 3/4 x 12 in, 22.2 x 30.5 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

Sold for: $28,125

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Private Collection, Vancouver
A.K. Prakash & Associates Inc., Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Regina Seiden played a significant role in the emergence of the most influential art movement in Montreal’s post-World War I era. A founding member of the Beaver Hall Group, she showed in its first two exhibitions, in 1921 and 1922. Studying under William Brymner and Maurice Cullen at the Art Association of Montreal, and later at the Académie Julian in Paris, she cultivated a rich and gestural Impressionist style, often contrasted by a delicate Art Nouveau sensibility. The two figures here, laid down with a strong, confident application of paint, share a shaded moment by a cart. As testament to her abilities, the active, modernist depiction of form and the bold, yet unobtrusive choice of colour do not detract from the intimacy of the moment or the sensitivity of its observation, which is accomplished in part by her deft and authentic description of light and shadow. Although her career was curtailed in 1928 by her marriage to fellow artist Eric Goldberg and her support of his career, At the Market stands as a rare and exquisite example from an important artist who is not widely known.

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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