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LOT 021

Takao Tanabe
1926 -

Inside Passage 7/91, Tolmie Channel
acrylic on canvas, 1991
signed faintly and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "Errington" and "7/91"
55 x 19 1/2 in 139.7 x 49.5 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Sold for: $37,250

Preview at:

Mira Godard Gallery, Calgary
Private Collection, Calgary

Takao Tanabe’s precise titles are intriguing – noted like a navigator who consults his charts to know every aspect of his environment. The Inside Passage is a coastal route that weaves through islands on the Pacific northwest coast, followed by ships and boats who seek a safe route away from the wild weather of the Pacific Ocean. Tolmie Channel, north of Bella Bella, runs alongside Sarah Island and Princess Royal Island, a stunning wild area. Tolmie Channel was named after Dr. William Fraser Tolmie (1812-1886), who worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company, but importantly studied Pacific coast First Nations dialects, producing a book on the subject.

Tanabe’s titles give extra meaning to his scenes - slipping in and out of the haze, they are Zen-like tableaus, but also actual places with their own character. Using a long vertical format, Tanabe here emphasizes the glowing overcast sky, which casts light into the rippling waters in the foreground, and uses the black, mysterious headland to anchor the watery scene. Soaked in the misty, poetic atmosphere of the coast, Inside Passage 7/91, Tolmie Channel is an outstanding work by this important Canadian landscape painter.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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