Fine Canadian Art
5th session

June 06 - June 27, 2024


This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $35,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

917301 27-Jun-2024 05:04:12 PM $35,000

942492 27-Jun-2024 05:00:17 PM $32,500

917301 27-Jun-2024 04:59:38 PM $30,000

942492 27-Jun-2024 04:49:51 PM $27,500

The bidding history list updated on: Tuesday, July 16, 2024 02:11:22

LOT 408

1890 - 1945

La Cloche Hills
watercolour on paper
signed and dated 1933 and on verso titled and inscribed "by Franklin Carmichael, Looking West along Cranberry Lake toward Whitefish Falls and Willisville" on a label
11 1/4 x 13 1/4 in, 28.6 x 33.7 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 CAD

Sold for: $43,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, Ontario
Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada in association with Ritchie's, November 22, 2004, lot 122
The Art Emporium, Vancouver, 2008
Private Collection, Vancouver
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, July 15, 2020, lot 153
A Prominent Private Collection, Toronto

Megan Bice and Mary Carmichael Mastin, Light and Shadow: The Work of Franklin Carmichael, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1990, page 39

The spectacular physiography of Ontario’s La Cloche Mountains, with its striking white quartzite rocks, expansive lakes and panoramic views over an untamed wilderness, made a vivid impression on Franklin Carmichael on first sight in 1924. The region became his lifelong favourite painting place, and he built a log cabin at Cranberry Lake in 1935. Carmichael was an expert watercolourist, and along with F.H. Brigden and fellow Group of Seven painter A.J. Casson, formed the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour in 1925 to promote the medium. Carmichael extolled its qualities as follows: “As a medium, it is capable of responding to the slightest variation of effect or mood. It can be at once clean cut, sharp, delicate and forceful or subtle, brilliant or sombre, including all the variations that lie in between.” At La Cloche, Carmichael executed watercolours such as this sensitive painting on the spot, and he produced larger works in the studio. This impressive, sweeping view captures an ethereal light, with its misty glow at the far horizon and the high cloud formations illuminated along their edges. Open and airy, La Cloche Hills has an inspiring and transcendent atmosphere.

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