ARCA OC OSA
1927 - 1977
The Brave and the Timid ("My Brother John" Series)
mixed media on board, 1973
initialed and on verso titled and inscribed "4" (circled)
22 x 12 3/4 in, 55.9 x 32.4 cm
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Sold for: $79,250
Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave
Private Collection, Ontario
This work is from an important series of paintings recalled from personal childhood memories of William Kurelek's brother John, produced in 1973. The series of 22 works illustrates his relationship with his younger brother, and the experiences of John's life while growing up in Alberta and Manitoba. Specifically describing the fourth painting in the series, The Brave and the Timid, Kurelek writes, "the only entrance to our attic was an outdoor one - by way of an ordinary ladder. Mother would take my young sister, Winnie, with her when she went up to stuff pillows from tubs of goose feathers stored up there. We could follow if we dared - and I was terrified of heights, then as now - not my brother, and this was especially humiliating, because he was also two years younger than me."
A copy of a six page typed letter of Kurelek's notes on the series accompanies this lot.
This work is in the original frame made by Kurelek.
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