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2nd Session

September 02 - September 30, 2021

This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $5,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

6424 30-Sep-2021 01:49:10 PM $5,000 AutoBid

20816 30-Sep-2021 01:48:22 PM $4,750

6424 30-Sep-2021 01:47:51 PM $4,500 AutoBid

20816 30-Sep-2021 01:47:51 PM $4,250

6424 29-Sep-2021 03:34:55 PM $4,000 AutoBid

8149 29-Sep-2021 03:34:55 PM $3,750

6424 26-Sep-2021 07:18:26 PM $3,500 AutoBid

8149 26-Sep-2021 07:18:26 PM $3,250

6424 07-Sep-2021 08:36:22 PM $3,000 AutoBid

The bidding history list updated on: Thursday, January 27, 2022 03:44:01

LOT 113

1897 - 1960

Yale, BC
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled on a label and dated 1932 on the exhibition label
12 x 14 1/2 in, 30.5 x 36.8 cm

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Sold for: $6,250

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Collection of Beatrice Lennie
by descent to the present Private Collection, British Columbia

Joyce Zemans, Jock Macdonald: The Inner Landscape, The Art Gallery of Ontario, 1981, reproduced page 32 and listed page 281

Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver School of Art: The Early Years, 1925 - 1939 September 15 - October 15, 1980
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Jock Macdonald: The Inner Landscape - A Retrospective Exhibition, April 4 - May 17, 1981, traveling to the Art Gallery of Windsor, June 20 - August 16, 1981; The Edmonton Art Gallery, September 19 - November 8, 1981; The Winnipeg Art Gallery, November 28, 1981 - January 17, 1982; Vancouver Art Gallery, February - March, 1982, catalogue #2

Jock Macdonald was a graduate of Scotland’s Edinburgh College of Art, and came to British Columbia to teach at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts.

At the time this work was produced in 1932, Macdonald was embarking on sketching trips around BC with Frederick Varley, who was mentoring him on how to capture the Canadian landscape. This painting, a sketch for the larger canvas Yale Valley, BC, was painted by Macdonald as a gift for Beatrice Lennie’s mother, who was born in Yale. Macdonald worked out his composition with thickly applied paint, expressing the feeling of the painting as opposed to accurately depicting the area. Varley’s advice was “stop drawing, start painting,” which Macdonald took to heart, opening up his expressive painterly vocabulary. This piece shows an artist in the midst of an evolution, immediately preceding his artistic triumphs which canonized his status as one of Canada’s foremost modern painters.

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