1870 - 1935
Stanley Park / Man with an Orange Jacket (verso)
double-sided oil on board
signed and on verso signed and inscribed "Statira, a name of an Indian Princess" on a label and "Fraser"
11 3/4 x 14 in, 29.8 x 35.6 cm
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Sold for: $6,875
Alex Fraser Galleries, Vancouver
A wedding gift to the mother of a Private Collector, Vancouver
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 26, 2011, lot 447
Private Collection, Vancouver
Statira Frame was well known in Vancouver for her colourful Post-Impressionistic depictions of local scenes. Her interest in the style developed in part from her friendship with Emily Carr, who stayed with the Frames for three weeks after returning from France in 1912. In 1926 Frame made a trip to Alert Bay, where she spent a month painting. Returning to Vancouver, she focused her attention on the surrounding area, in particular Stanley Park, Burrard Inlet and the Fraser Valley, capturing people and the environment with a modernist sensibility. Following her death in 1935, a retrospective of her work was held in 1936 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
This painting, though undated, possibly depicts some remaining Xwáýxway settlements in Stanley Park, that were occupied until the 1920s. Facilitated by the passing of the Indian Act in 1876, the main Xwáýxway village, located at today’s Lumberman’s Arch, where Indigenous people had lived for 3,000 years, was razed in the 1880s to accommodate the building of the perimeter road. The structures depicted in this painting are architecturally similar to those seen in other paintings by Frame, such as Indian Shacks - Stanley Park and Indian Woman Sitting on a Log. In this painting, Frame includes the same sloping gabled roof which runs parallel to the waterfront and a clothesline and fence that appear in these other works.
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