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LOT 149

Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872

Raft in Autumn
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1862
9 3/8 x 13 3/8 in 23.8 x 34 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $52,250

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Ida Czernin von und zu Chudenitz Morzin and Matteo von Thun und Hohenstein, Austria
By descent to the present Private Collection, France

J. Russell Harper, Krieghoff, 1979, a related subject entitled Fishermen on Lake St. Charles, oil, circa late 1850s, reproduced page 115

At the time this striking painting was executed, Cornelius Krieghoff was living in Quebec City. Hunting and fishing were an integral part of life in early Canada, for both First Nations people and for sporting parties of businessmen and English army officers. Krieghoff himself participated and was known to be a fine marksman. Russell Harper wrote, “The sportsmen who took to the woods with their guns in winter were often the same men who fished in summer and autumn. The anglers set out with rods, nets, and creel after the trout and salmon in Quebec’s lakes and forest streams. Favourite spots were Lakes Magog and Memphremagog, south of Sherbrooke in the Eastern Townships.” Lake St. Charles, close to Quebec City, was also popular, and Krieghoff painted scenes on its shores as well as at lakes farther away. His depictions of such scenes, infused by his romantic view of the wilderness settings, are important documents of life in early Canada. Krieghoff’s exceptional painterly abilities are showcased here in the fine details of the autumn foliage, the shimmering water and the delicate haze in the atmosphere.
This work has a noteworthy provenance, starting with the Thun und Hohenstein family, who are descended from Bohemian and Austrian nobility. After passing to a collection in France, the painting has now been returned to Canada for this sale.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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