Lot # 225
Fall 2016 - 4th Session Live auction

Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872 Canadian

Moccasin Seller, Autumn
oil on canvas
signed and on verso inscribed indistinctly
10 3/4 x 9 in  27.3 x 22.9cm

Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art Inc., Vancouver
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver, acquired from the above in 1986

J. Russell Harper, Krieghoff, 1979, page 129

In his 1979 treatise on Cornelius Krieghoff, J. Russell Harper discusses the artist’s paintings of First Nations women, often depicted in vignettes such as this, stating: “Women in black hats and blankets wander up hills laden with great festoons of baskets, or carry cradle boards as they pick their way through craggy mounds of ice cakes crossing the St. Lawrence in front of the city. They are reminiscent of the women in the Montreal streets, but are infinitely more appealing as a result of increased detail and unsurpassed craftsmanship.” Krieghoff had spent considerable time observing the life of First Nations people near Quebec City and, in his single-figure works, concentrating on the authentic details and colour of their clothing and their landscape surroundings. It was during the peak of Krieghoff’s career that the commercially printed hand-coloured photograph—including the small postcard—became available. Krieghoff was aware of the competition this would present for an artist, and while he himself had his work photographed and sold on carte-de-visite postcards, he met this competition head-on by adding increased detail and finesse to his work.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $21,240 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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