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Important Canadian Art
1st Session

November 05 - November 26, 2020

Current bid: $30,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

38929 26-Nov-2020 12:12:30 PM $30,000

20747 26-Nov-2020 11:54:01 AM $27,500

38929 24-Nov-2020 07:24:18 PM $25,000

37338 24-Nov-2020 07:24:09 PM $22,500 AutoBid

38929 24-Nov-2020 07:24:09 PM $20,000

37338 24-Nov-2020 07:23:41 PM $19,000 AutoBid

38929 24-Nov-2020 07:23:41 PM $18,000

37338 24-Nov-2020 07:23:13 PM $17,000 AutoBid

38929 24-Nov-2020 07:23:13 PM $16,000

37338 19-Nov-2020 02:02:03 PM $15,000 AutoBid

34820 16-Nov-2020 10:50:59 PM $14,000

29802 16-Nov-2020 10:44:26 PM $13,000

34820 16-Nov-2020 10:43:26 PM $12,000

LOT 0221

1919 - 2016

A Summer Stroll
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1981 and on verso titled and inscribed variously
38 x 32 in, 96.5 x 81.3 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Sold for: $37,250

Preview at:

Images for a Canadian Heritage, Vancouver, 1985
Private Collection, Vancouver

Bonnie Devine et al., The Drawings and Paintings of Daphne Odjig: A Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Canada, 2007, page 4

Daphne Odjig was a Canadian painter of Potawatomi and British descent, and is widely regarded as one of Canada’s foremost Indigenous artists and cultural activists. Celebrated for her bold depictions of family, myth and history, Odjig’s style incorporates influences from Surrealism, Cubism and Expressionism, as well as from the work of her Woodland School contemporary, Norval Morrisseau. Odjig operated the Warehouse in Winnipeg, the first gallery in Canada to be owned by a person of Indigenous heritage and the founding location of the Professional Indian Artists Inc.

In 1976, Odjig and her husband moved from Winnipeg to Shuswap, British Columbia. Curator Bonnie Devine describes their move as a homecoming, and notes a shifting interest in Odjig’s work in the years following, when she was “no longer constrained by a demand for social or political commentary, activism or the responsibility to retell a nation’s history. She felt free instead to tell her own.” Reflecting on personal memories and experience, Odjig created tender images of family groups. A Summer Stroll (1981) is an excellent example from this period, depicting two children tightly nestled with their parents. Odjig maintained her distinctive linear style while employing a muted organic palette, and used textural contrasts to distinguish the figures from the billowing background. The family group forms a protective huddle, bound firmly by interlocking fingers in the foreground - an image of familial safety and strength. The gaze of the older child is a particularly poetic detail, as he glances upwards to connect with his parents, as his younger sibling sleeps peacefully.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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