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LOT 124

David Brown Milne
1882 - 1953

Waterlilies, Six Mile Lake, Muskoka, Ontario
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1935
12 x 16 in 30.5 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

Sold for: $79,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Sale of the Artist to Vincent Massey, 1935
Mellors Galleries, Toronto
Dr. W.A.R. Kerr, Edmonton, 1937
Sold sale of Important Canadian Paintings, Sotheby Parke Bernet (Canada), May 1980, lot 149
Kastel Gallery, Montreal
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, Montreal, 1980

David Milne Jr. and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume 2: 1929 - 1953, 1998, reproduced illustration #130 and reproduced page 608, catalogue #304.37

Mellors Galleries, Toronto, Exhibition of Paintings by David B. Milne, November 1935, catalogue #23
James Wilson & Co., Ottawa, Exhibition of Pictures by David Milne, December 1935
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal, David Milne (1882 - 1953): Retrospective Exhibition, September 2001, catalogue #47

In 1933, David Milne left Palgrave, and while searching for a new painting place he discovered Six Mile Lake, at the southern end of Georgian Bay. It was isolated, with no railway or highway connections, and it was a seven-mile trip to civilized contact - but this isolation was a virtue to Milne. He built a cabin there on a granite promontory overlooking the lake, and he found his subjects close at hand, such as the water lilies that grew in the bay. Milne painted not only landscapes – he was also known for his sensitive still life work, and at Six Mile Lake he painted arrangements of objects and wildflowers in his cabin. The sheer sensuality of the water lilies makes an impact, from the softly brushed background to the lushness of the gorgeous blooms, one fully open, the other gently drooping. Milne emphasizes their pale glow with an area of black paint behind them, and he embellishes their petals with strokes of purple, gold and orange. To Milne each painting was a collection of shapes and lines that resulted in an aesthetic feeling – and in this case, the feeling is enchanting.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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