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Important Canadian Art
1st Session

November 05 - November 26, 2020

Current bid: $65,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

2233 26-Nov-2020 12:19:13 PM $65,000

1709 26-Nov-2020 12:16:14 PM $60,000

2233 26-Nov-2020 12:13:52 PM $55,000

1709 26-Nov-2020 12:12:11 PM $50,000

2233 26-Nov-2020 12:09:52 PM $47,500

1709 26-Nov-2020 12:08:32 PM $45,000

2233 26-Nov-2020 12:06:13 PM $42,500

1709 26-Nov-2020 12:02:02 PM $40,000

2233 26-Nov-2020 12:01:42 PM $37,500

1709 26-Nov-2020 11:59:24 AM $35,000

2233 26-Nov-2020 11:56:47 AM $32,500

28070 26-Nov-2020 11:47:23 AM $30,000

818962 26-Nov-2020 11:30:20 AM $27,500

2233 25-Nov-2020 08:55:01 PM $25,000

28070 21-Nov-2020 02:21:57 PM $22,500

5621 13-Nov-2020 09:46:02 PM $20,000

LOT 0216

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.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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