1908 - 1994
Under the Georgia Viaduct
oil on board
on verso signed, titled and dated 1932
12 x 15 in, 30.5 x 38.1 cm
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Sold for: $1,875
Estate of the Artist, Vancouver Island
Heffel Gallery Limited, Vancouver
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 28, 2009, lot 541
Private Collection, Vancouver
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 30, 2013, lot 618
Irene Hoffar Reid was part of the first class of the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Art in 1925 and was a member of the first graduating class in 1929. From 1933 to 1937 she taught drawing and painting at the Vancouver School of Art.
This piece, likely painted after her return from studying in England at the Royal Academy in London alongside Vera Weatherbie, is an interesting early scene from 1932 depicting homes in East Vancouver from under the Georgia Viaduct. Painted in the midst of the economic depression, the work gives the sense that Reid sought to depict the social realities of the city from a vantage point other than the mountains and water. She would often go on sketching trips to the North Vancouver Reservation and the squatter’s huts under the Burrard Street Bridge.
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