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LOT 021

Alexander Colville
1920 - 2013

Study for Berlin Bus
ink on paper
signed and dated 9 Feb. 1978 and 10 Feb. 1978 twice
11 3/4 x 9 in 29.8 x 22.9 cm

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000

Sold for: $14,040

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Marlborough-Godard, Toronto
An Important Private Estate, Montreal

David Burnett, Colville, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983, the 1978 painting entitled Berlin Bus reproduced page 123, the 1971 ink drawing Study for Berlin Bus reproduced page 132 and two 1978 pencil and ink studies, both entitled Study for Berlin Bus, reproduced page 133

In 1971, Alex Colville spent six months in Berlin as Visiting Artist under the Berliner Kunstlerprogramm. While there, he produced many drawings, some of which formed the basis for the 1978 painting Berlin Bus, for which this is a study. Colville was fascinated by the double-decked buses there, and included one in the final painting. A 1971 ink drawing Study for Berlin Bus included figures on the street, but when Colville returned to Canada later in 1971, the idea of the running girl entered into the concept. Seven years later, he returned to this image, continued his studies and finished the painting, which features the running girl, as seen in this refined drawing, as a prominent element. Colville depicts her in a moment of heightened physical activity, sprinting franticly, twisting her head to the left. In the painting, he positions her running parallel but not close to the bus, her stride suspended in mid-air. It is an intriguing image, and as with the most powerful of Colville’s works, there is more going on than is immediately apparent.

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000

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