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LOT 081

Alexandra Luke
1901 - 1967

Epitaph to Eos
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1961 and on verso titled Epitaph to Ios on the gallery label
40 x 36 in 101.6 x 91.4 cm

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

Sold for: $46,800

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Here & Now Gallery, Toronto
Private Estate, Toronto

Jennifer C. Watson, Alexandra Luke: A Tribute, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 1977, described page 27

Here & Now Art Gallery, Toronto, Alexandra Luke: New Paintings, 1961
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Alexandra Luke: A Tribute, July 6 - August 7, 1977, catalogue #14

Alexandra Luke executed Epitaph to Eos in 1961, shortly after the formal disbandment of Painters Eleven in 1960. This work was acquired from the Here & Now Gallery, which at the time was run by the dynamic Toronto dealer Dorothy Cameron. In this lovely piece, Luke created her own homage to the myth of Eos through her unique painterly strengths and sensitivities. In Greek mythology, Eos is the goddess of dawn who opened the gates of heaven with her rosy fingers and golden arms, driving through the sky in her yellow chariot. Characteristic of her late 1950s and early 1960s work, Epitaph to Eos features delicate calligraphic brush-strokes whilst details of the myth are emoted through her warm colour palette. Furthermore, Luke was greatly inspired by the teachings of American Hans Hofmann, having studied under him for four summers between 1947 and 1952. Hofmann strongly believed in the importance of movement in abstract painting and Luke absolutely absorbed this. The viewer can feel the motion in this work as the balmy areas of colour float across the background, evoking Eos driving through the sky.

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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