LOT 112

1871 - 1945

Crécy-en-Brie, France
oil on canvas, 1911
13 x 16 in, 33 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $90,000 - $120,000 CAD

Sold for: $193,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Continental Galleries, Montreal, 1960
Private Collection, Ontario
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 25, 2005, lot 84, titled as Town in Brittany
Private Collection, Vancouver

Emily Carr’s brief period of study in France was concentrated in the year 1911, when she worked with several teachers – notably the British expatriates John Duncan Fergusson and Phelan Gibb. It was particularly in her work with the latter artist at Crécy-en-Brie and later in Saint-Efflam, in Brittany, that Carr developed a vocabulary of bright, Post-Impressionist colour and an approach to landscape that was to serve her well upon her return to Canada. As was the case when she had studied in Cornwall years before, Carr worked out of doors, but now, thanks to a freeing of her colour palette from naturalism, she was able to express herself more brilliantly. The handling of colour, light and the paint itself achieves a new freedom in these works and established Carr as an artist of consequence. While in France, Carr depicted the villages she worked in and the surrounding landscape. She seems to have been particularly interested in the architecture of the French countryside, and several cottages appear in paintings from this period. The work expresses Carr’s new confidence as a painter, and it is this confidence that allowed her to return to Canada and produce the brilliant 1912 canvases of First Nations subject matter.

Estimate: $90,000 - $120,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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