LOT 131

1892 - 1977

Twilight in June
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1950 and on verso signed, titled on the artist's label, inscribed "#2673" and with the Dominion Gallery Inventory #A2306 and stamped with the Dominion Gallery stamp
15 x 17 in, 38.1 x 43.2 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

Sold for: $55,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, Calgary

Dennis Reid, Edwin H. Holgate, National Gallery of Canada, 1976, page 22

Edwin Holgate was an integral part of the Montreal art scene – he helped to form the Beaver Hall Group, was a founder of the Canadian Society of Graphic Art and taught at the École des beaux-arts, among other involvements. However, upon returning to Quebec in 1944 after serving as an official war artist with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Holgate found that he did not identify with the Montreal art world’s new passion for abstraction – his allegiance was to landscape. In 1946, to escape the tensions of urban life, he moved to Morin Heights in the Laurentians, an area that had long been a favourite painting place. There he produced oil sketches that Dennis Reid described as “sure and deft, spontaneous in response, yet resolved, tight works of art,” and Twilight in June is one such painting. Characteristic of Holgate’s work, Twilight in June has a strong sense of volume in the rounded contours of the grassy fields, the conical evergreens and the dusky flanks of the looming mountains. Holgate sensitively captures the onset of twilight, showing the last rays of warm late-afternoon sunlight and a pale atmospheric haze visible against the darkening mountains.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

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