LOT 150

1815 - 1872

Three Habitants Sledding on the St. Lawrence at Quebec
oil on canvas, circa 1855
12 x 18 in, 30.5 x 45.7 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000 CAD

Sold for: $49,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner / Waddington's, November 23, 2004, lot 75
Private Collection, Quebec

This is a classic Cornelius Krieghoff subject of habitants traversing a winter path on the St. Lawrence River in an open wood-sleigh. As opposed to the carioles, with their closed sides and seating, this type of sleigh was simpler, with poles as braces for the travelers, who stood upright. Krieghoff portrayed the everyday life of Quebec’s habitants with vivacity, and here he captures the concentration of the driver and the conversation between the two passengers as they glide along the path. His fine sense of detailing is evident throughout, such as in the men’s clothing - the blue and red toques, the Hudson’s Bay blanket coat and the bright sashes. Krieghoff’s knowledge of winter effects shows in the delicate hues in the snow and ice, and in the pale turquoise winter sky, contrasted with soft clouds infused with peach. His depiction of the horse is full of life – the high-spirited animal is moving at a quick pace, with its mane streaming back and its head held high. Krieghoff includes another horse and sleigh passing the other way off in the distance, adding another interesting element to this fascinating scene of habitant life.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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