LOT 140

James Wilson Morrice
1865 - 1924

Boats by a Promenade
oil on canvas on board
signed and on verso inscribed "8533"
9 x 12 1/2 in 22.9 x 31.7 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $29,250

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Ernest E. Poole, Edmonton
By descent to the present Private Collection, Vancouver

One of Canada’s finest Impressionist painters, James Wilson Morrice lived abroad for most of his life, principally in France. Consequently, he was internationally well known, exhibiting in the Paris Salons and throughout Europe and England, participating in over 140 exhibitions between 1888 and 1923. While Paris was his main centre, he loved the Brittany coast and often sketched in small seaside towns such as Dinard, Concarneau, Le Pouldu and Saint-Malo. Morrice was drawn to scenes of beaches with people at leisure, sailing regattas and boat harbours, and depicted their atmospheres with great sensitivity, as he did here in Boats by a Promenade, with its reflection of the row of boats rippling in the water. Morrice’s Impressionist vision of colour and light is depicted here with a fluid and unified approach in his brush-strokes, with details such as the onlooker on the promenade with a parasol adding to the mood of leisurely contemplation of this delightful harbour scene.
We thank Lucie Dorais for her assistance in researching this lot. Dorais is currently compiling a catalogue raisonné on the artist's work.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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