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LOT 111

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon
1881 - 1942

Vieille maison du rang St-Laurent, Baie-St-Paul
oil on board
on verso titled on the labels and certified by and dated 1921 on the Lucile Rodier Gagnon Inventory #584 and certified by William Watson on the Watson Art Galleries label
4 5/8 x 7 1/8 in 11.7 x 18.1 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $31,250

Preview at:

Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Private Collection, Quebec

Hélène Sicotte and Michèle Grandbois, Clarence Gagnon: Dreaming the Landscape, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 2006, page 158

In 1919 Clarence Gagnon returned from France to Quebec, where he lived in the village of Baie-Saint-Paul until 1924. Baie-Saint-Paul, the subject of many of his paintings, was a place beloved by Gagnon - “a small corner of the universe that epitomizes the dreamed land,” as Hélène Sicotte characterized it. Softly blanketed by snow, it is a peaceful and ideal land, depicted by Gagnon with great affection. In the winter, the artist traveled on skis with his paintbox, capturing scenes such as this on the spot. Gagnon’s fluid brushwork captures both the solidity of the house and the more ephemeral effects of the sky. In this small pochade, daring slashes of white depicting snow on the roof and the suggestion of forms in the windows and doors show his surety of touch in describing his subject. Gagnon ground his own pigments, ordered from the Paris firm of Morin et Tanet, resulting in the rich hues seen in his paintings, such as the blue tones of the Laurentians in the background and the velvety ochre of the house and its crimson red door.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

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