LOT 145

1869 - 1937

The Sun Bath (Wood Nymph / Bain de soleil)
pastel on card, 1926
signed and on verso titled on the labels and certified by William Watson
16 x 11 1/2 in, 40.6 x 29.2 cm

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

Preview at:

Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Galerie d'art Michel Bigué, Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts
Private Collection, Montreal

Jean René de Cotret, "Le Salon du Printemps," Le Canada, April 5, 1926, page 4
Laurier Lacroix, Suzor-Coté: Light and Matter, National Gallery of Canada and Musée du Québec, 2002, reproduced page 302 and listed page 351

Art Association of Montreal, 43rd Spring Exhibition, 1926
Watson Art Galleries, Montreal, 1927, catalogue #28
Musée du Québec, Quebec City, Suzor-Coté, 1869 – 1937: Light and Matter, October 10, 2002 – January 5, 2003, traveling to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, January 24 – May 11, 2003, catalogue #134

From 1915 on, the subject of nudes became an increasingly important part of Marc-Aurèle Suzor-Coté’s oeuvre. While training in Paris, Suzor-Coté took drawing classes with live models, and on his return to Montreal, he continued to work with nude models in his studio. Although clerical censorship in Quebec was an obstacle, Suzor-Coté succeeded in getting his nude studies accepted in annual art exhibitions. As the French sculptor Jean Chauvin declared in 1928, “There is nothing more beautiful, more noble or more educational than a living torso, a naked torso, without veil or covering.” The nude was a wonderful subject for Suzor-Coté’s pastels—their velvety soft qualities were perfect for skin tones, and in this sensuous work, the artist uses delicate pastel hues of flesh-pink, green and blue in the model’s body. Suzor-Coté often placed his figures in natural settings, and here his model revels in the warmth of the sun, and the softness of the air and the grass under her feet. In The Sun Bath, Suzor-Coté shows his superb handling of form in his use of languid lines and his expert modelling of the woman’s body.

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

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