LOT 119

1890 - 1945

Port Coldwell, Lake Superior
oil on board
on verso titled Port Coldwell, dated 1928, inscribed "OS - 3 - 5" and stamped Estate of Franklin Carmichael
10 x 12 in, 25.4 x 30.5 cm

Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000 CAD

Sold for: $97,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Estate of the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Franklin Carmichael made his first sketching trip to the north shore of Lake Superior in 1925, in the company of his Group of Seven colleagues Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson. During a subsequent trip in 1928, A.J. Casson also joined them. At the time, Harris was deeply into his spiritual quest through his involvement in theosophy, and his paintings of Lake Superior were filled with an almost supernatural light. Doubtless Harris’s philosophy was part of the campfire discussions that were an integral part of these trips. Harris’s influence entered into Carmichael’s work, and this sketch shows intimations of Harris’s simplification of form in the far landforms and the arching shapes in the sky. However, Carmichael was his own man, and here he used earthier hues and more natural details in the foreground hills. He was drawn more to the sensory physicality of this landscape; he depicted the moodiness of the dark receding hills and the allure of the distant body of water, its deep blue glowing with reflected light. In Port Coldwell, Lake Superior, Carmichael makes us feel the grandeur of this vast lake in a still and transfixing vista.

Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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