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25595 18-May-2021 01:57:16 PM $27,500
1365 18-May-2021 01:35:47 PM $25,000
823423 18-May-2021 01:31:38 PM $22,500
14847 18-May-2021 12:31:28 PM $20,000
25595 18-May-2021 12:31:11 PM $19,000
14847 18-May-2021 12:26:48 PM $18,000
25595 18-May-2021 12:26:19 PM $17,000
14847 18-May-2021 12:21:46 PM $16,000
823423 18-May-2021 12:20:38 PM $15,000
14847 18-May-2021 10:44:21 AM $14,000
36260 17-May-2021 01:30:43 AM $13,000
22751 15-May-2021 02:24:17 PM $12,000
36260 15-May-2021 10:40:11 AM $11,000
1365 14-May-2021 10:08:09 AM $10,000
36260 14-May-2021 02:30:23 AM $9,500
25086 11-May-2021 01:25:24 PM $9,000
22751 11-May-2021 12:31:29 PM $8,500 autobid
36260 11-May-2021 12:31:29 PM $8,000
22751 10-May-2021 12:24:44 PM $7,500 autobid
819185 10-May-2021 12:24:44 PM $7,000
22751 06-May-2021 08:30:35 PM $6,500 autobid
10271 04-May-2021 08:43:57 PM $6,000

LOT h102

1935 - 2018

mixed media on paper
signed and dated 1992
44 x 39 in, 111.8 x 99.1 cm

Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000

Sold for: $34,250

Preview at:

Important Corporate Collection

Ray Cronin, Mary Pratt: Life & Work, Art Canada Institute, 2019, pages 39 and 40

Mary Pratt's work is known for her fascination with light and its transformative effect on the spaces and objects of everyday life. Pratt’s Bonfire series is an important departure from her finely-detailed still life compositions. Rather than capture the interaction between light and various objects, Pratt shows the immediacy and volatility of the firelight. Tom Smart notes that “in the bonfire drawings, she was able to represent light itself at the moment of its creation as it consumes matter”. Pratt imbues the works in this fire series with a visceral sensibility, which echoes the energetic technique required to create her large-scale dynamic compositions. Smart writes that Pratt would “move around, use her whole body to make marks on the paper”. According to Pratt, "the fire had to be alive," and the pliable, fluid medium of pastel allowed her to work quickly and expressively, echoing the unpredictability of a bonfire, and to transfer its dynamic, primal and ephemeral qualities onto paper.

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