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ONLINE AUCTION
Abstraction
6th Session

November 05 - November 26, 2020

LOT DETAILS
Current bid: $7,500 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

9256 26-Nov-2020 05:02:15 PM $7,500

11996 26-Nov-2020 04:58:35 PM $7,000

30217 26-Nov-2020 04:54:04 PM $6,500

34611 26-Nov-2020 04:37:24 PM $6,000

19624 26-Nov-2020 01:38:13 PM $5,500

34611 26-Nov-2020 01:35:29 PM $5,000 AutoBid

19624 26-Nov-2020 01:35:29 PM $4,750

34611 26-Nov-2020 01:10:39 PM $4,500 AutoBid

19624 26-Nov-2020 10:24:58 AM $4,250

34611 26-Nov-2020 10:24:41 AM $4,000 AutoBid

19624 26-Nov-2020 10:24:41 AM $3,750

34611 08-Nov-2020 09:09:05 PM $3,500

11900 08-Nov-2020 08:34:17 PM $3,250

34611 08-Nov-2020 08:08:26 PM $3,000

LOT 0710

ARCA BCSFA CGP OSA P11
1897 - 1960
Canadian

Untitled
watercolour on paper
signed and dated 1946 and on verso titled and dated on the gallery label
9 3/4 x 13 3/4 in, 24.8 x 34.9 cm

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Sold for: $9,375

Preview at:

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Toronto
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Private Collection, Calgary

LITERATURE
Michelle Jacques, Linda Jansma and Ian M. Thom, editors, Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2014, page 39


Artist and educator Jock Macdonald was a pioneer in the development of abstract art in Canada. In the mid-1930s, Macdonald had already established himself as adept modernist painter of the Canadian landscape when he began to explore abstraction. Influenced by Lawren Harris’s theosophical writings, MacDonald sought a more abstract expression of the spiritual, immaterial aspects of nature. Then, in the mid-1940s, he met British Surrealists Dr. Grace Pailthorpe and Reuben Mednikoff, and received a crucial introduction to automatic art. The automatic process requires the artist to suppress conscious intention, allowing for totally unconscious creation. Automatic art was a revelation to Macdonald. In 1946, the year this work was painted, MacDonald wrote to Dr. Pailthorpe:

“Never can you know how indebted I am to you both for the awakening and releasing of my inner consciousness. Your coming to this distant outpost has been an initiation for me, into the higher plane of creative understanding – one of the most marvelous enrichment in my life. Definitely, for me, an eternal awakening in experience which my soul was seeking for so many years.”

In 1953, Macdonald became a founding member of the Painters 11, and he would continue to experiment with non-objective abstraction in various media for the remainder of his life.


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