LOT 112

1897 - 1991

oil on canvas
16 1/4 x 22 in, 41.3 x 55.9 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000 CAD

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Collection of the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Winnipeg

Regina Seiden studied under William Brymner and Maurice Cullen at the Art Association of Montreal, and she continued her studies in Paris at the Académie Julian, from 1921 to 1922. During this time, she traveled through Europe to locations such as Venice to visit museums and paint. This delicately atmospheric painting of a picturesque bridge across a river is an accomplished work. Its close tonal values of the sky and the water’s surface, along with the promenade on the right, painted with soft, scumbled brush-strokes, bring a sensitivity to this city scene.

Seiden was affiliated with Montreal’s Beaver Hall Group, exhibiting with them in their 1921 and 1922 exhibitions. In 1924, she showed at the influential British Empire Exhibition in Wembley, England. She was also a member of Montreal’s Contemporary Arts Society. The National Gallery of Canada was an early supporter, acquiring three of her paintings. In 1928, she married well-known artist Eric Goldberg and, as she became involved with supporting his career, stopped painting. But she taught art at the couple’s Westmount synagogue for 20 years. Seiden’s contributions to early modernism have been recognized in recent years in the 2016 exhibition 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which traveled across the country, causing the work of this accomplished artist to be re-examined with renewed appreciation.

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000 CAD

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