Lot # 146
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Carl Clemens Moritz Rungius
1869 - 1959 American

Mountain Trail Hikers
oil on canvas
16 x 12 in  40.6 x 30.5cm

Private Collection, Alberta

Jon Whyte and E.J. Hart, Carl Rungius: Painter of the Western Wilderness, Glenbow Museum, 1985, page 137
Karen Wonders, Carl Rungius: Artist and Sportsman, Glenbow Museum, 2001, page 106, reproduced page 106

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Carl Rungius: Artist and Sportsman, June 10 - November 13, 2000, catalogue #92

Carl Rungius was a member of numerous naturalist groups in the United States and Canada. He belonged to the Boone and Crockett Club and the Campfire Club of America; he was also president of the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies in 1928 and a founding member and president of the Skyline Hikers of the Canadian Rockies in the 1930s. Karen Wonders notes of Mountain Trail Hikers: “This brilliantly coloured painting was the basis for a 1939 Canadian Pacific Railway poster advertising the Skyline Trail Hikers Camp in Ptarmigan Valley. Rungius, a charter member of the group, enjoyed the annual hikes and no doubt added to its tourist appeal through his celebrity status.” Rungius’s skill on the trail was noted by a fellow hiker: “In the Camp Fire Club of America…he is respected by all, not alone for his ability as a painter but also for his skill in woodcraft. There is no member of the club who is his peer as an outdoor man.” In Mountain Trail Hikers, Rungius achieved a dynamic sense of movement. Contrasting the strong diagonal direction of the rocky slopes, the sinuous line of climbers and the verticality of the peaks, he created a scene that embodies the euphoria of this mountain trek.

Estimate: $80,000 ~ $100,000 CAD  
Sold for: $67,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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