LOT 115

1873 - 1932

Summer Morning, Lake Simcoe
oil on board
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 CAD

Sold for: $37,250

Preview at:

Private Collection, Vancouver
By descent to the present Private Collection, Vancouver

J.E.H. MacDonald is known to have made several trips to Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto, in the period just after the First World War. While living in Thornhill, he would have traveled by the electric tram that ran from Toronto to the east shore of the lake. While there, he visited Roches Point, an exclusive neighbourhood with large estates, painting gardens and sky-filled views across the lake, such as Lake Simcoe, 1920, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

This work was painted in the summer of 1919, before MacDonald’s participation in the fall Group of Seven boxcar trip to Algoma. In this fresh and alluring oil sketch, MacDonald expertly captures the dreamy feeling of a sunny day radiant with light. The artist’s brushwork is masterful—sky and water are laid down with long horizontal strokes, while landforms are depicted fluidly and simply. With its open expanses of water and sky, this painting, considered without reference to its size, appears larger in scale than it actually is. The white cumulus clouds rising up over the hills, the illuminated golden meadow seen through the trees, and the small puffy clouds floating in the sky all contribute to the soothing atmosphere of reverie in Summer Morning, Lake Simcoe.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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