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7th session

September 07 - September 28, 2023


This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $8,500 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

871726 26-Sep-2023 06:30:39 PM $8,500

16339 26-Sep-2023 04:17:21 PM $8,000 AutoBid

19620 13-Sep-2023 01:28:33 PM $7,500

24970 08-Sep-2023 09:40:32 PM $7,000

The bidding history list updated on: Thursday, June 20, 2024 02:32:13

LOT 615

1928 -

La Patinoire d'arrière Rue St. André – Montréal
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1978 and inscribed "78-117" / "Ernest Menard Daoust" and variously
8 1/8 x 10 1/8 in, 20.6 x 25.7 cm

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000 CAD

Sold for: $10,625

Preview at:

Gallerie Walter Klinkhoff, Montreal
Private Collction, Toronto

Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, John Little – City Life from 1951, 2017

“I loved hockey, but it’s a hard thing to paint except if you isolate a little rink in the back yard. These little homemade rinks made out of old doors for the boards and old signs and stuff, and one little light bulb hung in the back. The big game is more difficult to make it work.” - John Little

Some of John Little’s most lively and charming paintings are scenes of backyard hockey, and this work is a wonderful example. Energetic brushwork surrounds the children in their make-shift rink, making the image vibrate with their excitement. The vitality and nuance of the painterly gesture is perhaps accentuated by the work being executed on the pliant surface of small stretched canvas rather than a stiffer board, which is often the more common choice for artists when painting in this size. Nevertheless, all of his lively application is beautifully contrasted by the subtle minimalism in his ice, snow, and sky. In all, this is a fresh, classic work from one of Montreal’s beloved artists.

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