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LOT 127

David Brown Milne
1882 - 1953

Cabin on the Rock
oil on canvas, circa 1924 - 1928
signed and on verso titled, inscribed "O-86" and "1437" and certified by Marlborough-Godard, January 20, 1973
12 x 16 in 30.5 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

Sold for: $33,650

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Estate of the Artist
Marlborough-Godard, Toronto
Charles E. MacCulloch, Nova Scotia, 1973
By descent to the present Private Collection, Montreal, 1981

David P. Silcox, Painting Place: The Life and Work of David B. Milne, 1996, page 176
David Milne Jr. and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume 1: 1882 - 1928, 1998, reproduced page 435, catalogue #207.93

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal, David Milne (1882 - 1953): Retrospective Exhibition, September 2001, catalogue #31

While living at Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks, in upstate New York, from 1924 to 1929, David Milne and his wife Patsy ran tea houses to produce income. They first operated a concession at the Glenmore Hotel, then built a tea house of their own at Big Moose Lake. However, this took up so much of Milne’s time that his painting output was limited during these years. When he did get away, the catalogue raisonné relates that “his painting sorties at Big Moose Lake took him either up the hill to Billy’s Bald Spot or to locations in bays up the lake, reached in the Adirondack guide boat that he had bought for himself in 1924.” This canvas embodies his approach at this time – such as the carefully limited palette, chosen for its aesthetic impact, of blue and purple against charcoal, offset by grey and white. Milne strikes a balance between dark and light, with the white and grey creating breathing space between masses of deep-toned rocks and background trees. Cabin on the Rock is a fine and rare example of his work from this period.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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