LOT 154

1879 - 1954

Berthier, PQ
oil on board
signed and dated 1913 and on verso titled and dated
10 1/4 x 13 1/2 in, 26 x 34.3 cm

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

Sold for: $22,500

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
By descent to a Private Collection, Montreal
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 23, 2007, lot 90
Private Collection, Toronto

Joan Murray, Impressionism in Canada, 1895 - 1935, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1973, page 64, reproduced page 71

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Impressionism in Canada, 1895 - 1935, November 17, 1974 to January 5, 1975, traveling in 1974 - 1975 to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory, Confederation Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, catalogue #56

During his trips to France and studies in Paris, William Henry Clapp was exposed to Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism – and he would remain devoted to these styles throughout his life. He absorbed the light palette and broken brush-strokes of Claude Monet and the Pointillist techniques used by Neo-Impressionists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. After returning to Montreal from Europe in 1907, Clapp gained admiration amongst his colleagues and was invited to show his works in key national exhibitions. Between 1907 and 1918, Clapp regularly exhibited his work at the Royal Canadian Academy. He had works included in the Art Association of Montreal's annual spring shows from 1908 to 1914 and the Canadian Art Club exhibitions from 1912 to 1915. Berthier, PQ deftly captures Clapp’s impression of this peaceful, rural scene with a glowing light-filled palette and softly brushed strokes and dabs of paint. This fine painting was included in Joan Murray's groundbreaking 1974 exhibition Impressionism in Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and was mentioned as an example of Clapp’s “virtuoso handling” of Impressionist technique.

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

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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