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LOT 078

William Goodridge Roberts
1904 - 1974

Still Life with Wild Roses, Fruit and Books
oil on board
signed and on verso titled on the gallery label and inscribed #6734
24 x 36 in 61 x 91.4 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Continental Galleries, Montreal
Private Collection

Goodridge Roberts’s still lifes are imbued with a sense of serenity and calm that comes from both their careful layout and their fine, harmonious balance of colour. Roberts admired James Wilson Morrice, and was influenced by Morrice’s attention to light and his confident use of energetic, yet controlled brushwork to enliven his scenes without overpowering the subject. At the Art Students League in New York from 1926 to 1928, Roberts was taught by Max Weber, who was a great admirer of the French modernists Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse. It was under Weber that Roberts began to work in still life and portraiture, and the influence of the Cubists and Fauves is clear in the resulting work. Roberts was raised in an important literary home. Sir Charles G.D. Roberts – considered by many to be the father of Canadian poetry – was his uncle, and his father was a poet and novelist. The Canadian expatriate poet Bliss Carman was his cousin. The artfully arranged books that are so often a feature in Roberts’s classical still lifes no doubt reference this background.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

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