LOT 102

1884 - 1963

Mt. Rundle in Winter
watercolour on paper
signed and dated 1950
15 x 20 in, 38.1 x 50.8 cm

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

Sold for: $28,125

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, British Columbia

Roger Boulet, The Tranquility and the Turbulence, 1981, a similar 1949 watercolour entitled Mount Rundle reproduced page 186, and a similar 1952 watercolour entitled Rundle in Winter reproduced page 192

In 1926, Walter J. Phillips made his first trip to the Rocky Mountains from his Winnipeg base, camping and hiking to get good sketching views of the magnificent scenery. Phillips traveled to the Rockies again in 1936, to paint scenes for Frederick Niven’s book Colour in the Canadian Rockies, which included a summer scene of Mount Rundle. Phillips’s relationship with this stunning landscape was further cemented when, in 1940, he became an instructor for the summer program at the Banff School of Fine Arts, where he taught for 20 seasons. He built a house in Banff in 1946, and Mount Rundle was visible from his favoured sketching locations nearby, along the shoreline at the Vermilion Lakes. He depicted this striking peak in watercolour numerous times, in all seasons, and in several colour woodcuts. Mt. Rundle in Winter is a stunning work that demonstrates Phillips’s mastery of watercolour. His ability to capture sunlight and atmospheric effects is superb, such as in the ethereal cloud drifting behind the peak, and in the brilliant white snow contrasted by blue shadows and the flanks of the mountain.

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

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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