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LOT 139

Emily Carr
1871 - 1945

Houses in Brittany
oil on board, circa 1911
signed and on verso titled on the Dominion Gallery label, inscribed in graphite "Stern" / "71K" and with the Dominion Gallery inventory #B4634 and stamped Dominion Gallery, Montreal twice
13 x 16 in 33 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $90,000 - $110,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection

In June of 1911 when Emily Carr was in Paris, she followed her teacher, Harry Phelan Gibb, from Crécy-en-Brie to Saint-Efflam on the northern Brittany coast. In Paris she had seen the work of the Fauves, which influenced her palette and taught her to look at light and to compose her works in a new way. This charming village scene sums up much of her French experience and training. The simple corner of a cottage with its walled garden portrayed here could be one that she was invited into, as her mostly wordless communications with the local women revolved around kitchens, laundry tubs, shared loaves of bread and household chores. An interesting composition, the work focuses on the bright contrast of colour between the plastered white exterior of the cottage and its clay roof, which repeats in the sky and the colours in the rock wall. Dappled light touches the leaves of the trees here and there, and enlivens the vines that cling to the wall.

Estimate: $90,000 - $110,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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