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LOT 129

Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872

Autumn, Lake Memphremagog
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1863 and on verso titled on the Watson Art Galleries label and certified by William R. Watson, record #12928
13 x 18 1/4 in 33 x 46.3 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

Sold for: $81,900

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Collection of Mr. François Dupré

While living in Quebec City from 1853 to 1863, Cornelius Krieghoff’s depictions of First Nations people underwent a shift – the landscape became larger and the figures smaller. Increasingly he took a romantic viewpoint, with the native people shown as symbols of unspoiled man living in freedom and harmony with nature. Autumn, Lake Memphremagog is a classic Krieghoff tableau composition, in which he used one of his favourite devices, a Laurentian Shield rock formation against which natives set up their encampment on the lakeshore. His striking palette features a blaze of fall colours against a blue and transcendent sky. His heroic, idealized viewpoint and striking views of the Canadian wilderness made Krieghoff’s paintings particularly appealing to the collectors of his time – upper class British army officers and an emergent class of wealthy merchants, both Canadian and international. This outstanding tableau painting is from the collection of François Dupré, financier and hotelier, who owned Montreal’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel and was known for his excellent taste as a collector. The Krieghoff paintings from Dupré’s collection were of the finest quality.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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