Lot # 156
Spring 2009 - 2nd Session Live auction

Emily Carr
BCSFA CGP 1871 - 1945 Canadian

Wind in the Tree Tops
oil on canvas circa 1936 ~ 1939
signed and on verso inscribed "Property of Mrs. Hill Cheney, Capilano, BC, 1115 Haywood, W. Vancouver" and "Property J.A. MacAulay"
36 1/2 x 21 1/4 in  92.7 x 54cm

Provenance:
Acquired directly from Emily Carr by her friend Nan Cheney, West Vancouver, 1939
John A. MacAulay, Winnipeg, 1950
By descent through the family of the above
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Donald W. Buchanan, “The Collection of John A. MacAulay of Winnipeg”, Canadian Art, Summer, Volume XI, No. 4, 1954, reproduced page 127
Paintings from the Collection of John A. MacAulay QC, National Gallery of Canada, 1954, reproduced, unpaginated
Doreen Walker, Letters of Emily Carr, Nan Cheney and Humphrey Toms, 1990, relating to the friendship between Carr and Cheney, as revealed in letters to each other, pages 53 (Christmas 1937) and 100 (August 14, 1938)
Doris Shadbolt, editor, The Complete Writings of Emily Carr, 1993, Hundreds and Thousands, pages 745 (May 29, 1934) and 803 (November 26, 1935)

Exhibited:
BC Society of Fine Arts, Thirty-Fifth Annual Exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery, May 18 - June 10, 1945, as Painting (E), catalogue #9
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Paintings from the Collection of John A. MacAulay QC, 1954, catalogue #28

Literature:
George Brandak and Deborah Gill, editors, Nan Cheney: An Inventory of her Fonds, the Library of the University of British Columbia Special Collections Division, 1980 - 2001, one image of Wind in the Tree Tops with text on verso documenting the painting was purchased in 1939 for $75 (BC1849/23a), one image of Wind in the Tree Tops with text on verso documenting it was owned by Mrs. Hill Cheney and sold to Mr. MacAulay in 1950 for $1,200 and incorrectly documenting the work was painted in 1940 (BC1849/24b)
Jay Stewart et al, Emily Carr, National Gallery of Canada, 2006, a similar 1935 canvas entitled Loggers’ Culls, in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, reproduced page 219; a similar 1935 canvas entitled Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky, in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, reproduced page 220; a similar circa 1935 - 1936 canvas entitled Mountain Forest, in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, reproduced page 224; a similar 1939 canvas entitled Odds and Ends, in the collection of the Art Gallery of Victoria, reproduced page 243; and a similar circa 1939 canvas entitled Plumed Firs, in the collection of the Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, reproduced page 244
A.K. Prakash, Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women Artists, 2008, reproduced page 204
Related Images:
Nan Cheney (left) and Emily Carr on Carr's veranda, 316 Beckley St., Victoria, May 1938, photograph: Humphrey Toms, Image B-01601, courtesy of Royal BC Museum, BC Archives.
Emily Carr in her studio in 1939 with Sunshine and Tumult, 1939, in the collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, photograph: Harold Mortimer-Lamb.
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Estimate: $900,000 ~ $1,200,000 CAD  
Sold for: $2,164,500 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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