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Sybil Andrews | Towards Modernity
4th session

November 02 - November 30, 2023

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Current bid: $19,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

5507 29-Nov-2023 05:42:21 PM $19,000

The bidding history list updated on: Sunday, May 19, 2024 01:53:41

LOT 504

CPE
1898 - 1992
Canadian

Fall of the Leaf
linocut in 5 colours, 1934
signed, titled and editioned 49/60
14 1/4 x 10 1/8 in, 36.2 x 25.7 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $23,750

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

PROVENANCE
Acquired directly from the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Vancouver Island

LITERATURE
Peter White, Sybil Andrews, Glenbow Museum, 1982, reproduced pages 42 and 57
Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the Machine Age, 1995, reproduced page 115, catalogue #SA 30
Clifford S. Ackley, editor, Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914 - 1939, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2008, reproduced page 172
Hana Leaper, Sybil Andrews Linocuts: A Complete Catalogue, Osborne Samuel Gallery, 2015, same image reproduced page 77

EXHIBITED
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Sybil Andrews, 1982, same image, catalogue #30
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914 - 1939, January 3 - June 1, 2008, traveling to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, same image, catalogue #100


The 1930s and the economic difficulties of the Depression brought about social awareness of the changes affecting industry and labour. In the mid-1930s, Sybil Andrews was depicting rural farm workers, whom she observed near her native Bury St. Edmunds in England. The roots of Andrews’s modernist approach were in the European movements of Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism. Dynamic movement in modern life was a part of Futurism, and Andrews embraced this dynamism in her highly stylized linocuts, as in Fall of the Leaf, with its sweeping swirls of ploughed land, the curving rise of the hill and the spreading, fan-like trees. Dramatically patterned and strongly coloured, Fall of the Leaf makes an indelible impact. There is a kind of nobility in the farmer toiling with his team of horses, and a finely tuned aesthetic in the perfectly furrowed fields. Andrews depicts a scene roiling with energy, yet pulls all the elements of her image into a harmonic whole.

Stephen Coppel notes: from an edition of 60 plus 7 TPs and 6 Eps. Early impressions on buff oriental laid tissue; later printings on thickish oriental laid paper. This is a fine impression on oriental laid paper.


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