1871 - 1960
oil on canvas
on verso titled, dated circa 1937 on the gallery labels and inscribed "No 802"
30 1/2 x 21 1/4 in, 77.5 x 54 cm
Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000 CAD
Sold for: $8,000
Preview at: Heffel Calgary
Private Collection, Toronto
Fine Canadian and Irish Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 28, 2003, lot 118, titled as Mlle. Savoie Modele
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Peter Ohler Fine Arts Ltd., Vancouver
Private Collection, British Columbia
Evelyn Lloyd Coburn, F.S. Coburn, 1996, similar works reproduced pages 98 and 99
Quebecois painter Fredrick Simpson Coburn was renowned for his charming images of horse drawn sleighs in the snowy, sunny countryside, and enjoyed massive commercial success.
In 1933, Coburn’s wife Malvina died suddenly. Devastated, the 62-year-old Coburn quit painting entirely. A few years later, Coburn was introduced to Marguerite Charlotte Lavoie, or “Carlotta”, a model and professional dancer. Carlotta became Coburn’s muse, revitalizing the grief-stricken artist. Coburn resumed production of his sleigh scenes for the demanding public, but also painted Carlotta - in fantastic dance costumes or the nude, draped or lounging in exotic silks. In addition to inspiring Coburn’s return to painting, Carlotta awakened the artist’s passion for dance. Coburn had a dance platform constructed at his Melbourne studio, and took dramatic photographs of Carlotta and other dancers leaping in the air, their costumes billowing against the bright sky. Carlotta was a fixture in Coburn’s life for over two decades, until the artist’s passing in 1960 at the age of 89.
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