LOT 147

1865 - 1924

Dieppe Harbour, Low Tide
oil on panel
on verso stamped with the J.W. Morrice Studio stamp
5 x 6 in, 12.7 x 15.2 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000 CAD

Sold for: $31,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner / Waddington's, November 22, 2010, lot 90
Private Collection, Toronto

G. Blair Laing, Morrice: A Great Canadian Artist Rediscovered, 1984, page 74

James Wilson Morrice arrived in Paris in 1890, living at various times in the Montparnasse, Luxembourg Garden and Montmartre neighbourhoods. Then, Paris was the art centre of the western world, and Morrice, who was busy absorbing the tenets of Impressionism, quickly established a prominent international reputation for his work. In 1905 Maurice Hamel wrote in Les Arts, “The Canadian, Morrice, seems to me so ‘French’ that I place him among ours,” praising his “firmness of tone” and “richness of harmony.” From his Paris base, Morrice began to make sketching trips to the seacoast, and between 1892 and 1896, he often visited Dieppe, on the Normandy coast. He also traveled to Dieppe in 1898, 1906 and 1909. Morrice worked en plein air, using small wood panels called pochades, and this harbour scene is an exquisite example of his work in this format. Morrice used sure, fluid brush-strokes and transparent oil washes to capture a striking impression of this scene, possibly at the Quai Henri IV, conveying the freshness of the sea air and the unique atmosphere of this charming small town and its promenade on the harbour.

This painting is included in the catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work that is being compiled by Lucie Dorais.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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