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LOT 124

Edwin Headley Holgate
1892 - 1977

Natashquan Village, North Shore, Labrador
oil on panel, circa 1930
initialed and on verso titled
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

Sold for: $93,600

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection

Edwin Holgate’s interest in the charming fishing village of Natashquan, now a historic site, adds an additional layer of history to this protected area. This fine vignette depicts the daily chores of the fishermen and furthers our understanding of this way of life that is now largely lost. A fisherman in a red slicker tends to the fillets drying on racks in the sun while a woman prepares to enter a shack. Boats are pulled up on the sandy beach behind them as they go about their chores, and the cold blue waters of the Saint Lawrence, the source of the abundant catch, show in the distance. The two figures in this work remind us of Holgate’s portraits and echo the dignity that he gave to each of his subjects. Holgate had great respect for the hard-working Canadians who toiled or pursued recreational interests outdoors. A listing of his portraits, which includes titles such as The Ski Patroller, The Naturalist and The Lumberjack, could have just as easily included a fisherman.

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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