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LOT 139

Edwin Headley Holgate
1892 - 1977

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1960 and on verso titled on the gallery label
15 x 17 in 38.1 x 43.2 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $10,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Ontario

Rosalind Pepall, Brian Foss et al., Edwin Holgate, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2005, page 25, the circa 1939 canvas entitled Azalea reproduced page 142

Edwin Holgate, based in Montreal, was a founding member of the Beaver Hall Group. He also belonged to other arts groups, including the Canadian Society of Graphic Art and the Pen and Pencil Club of Montreal, and acted as a bridge between the anglophone and francophone cultures. His subjects varied from landscape to portraits and nudes – including, considered daring during the 1930s, nudes in the landscape - as well as still life. Rosalind Pepall wrote: “In his work he was drawn to both modern and traditional approaches. He retained a traditional emphasis on sound draftsmanship and structure, and at the same time, he expressed modern ideals in terms of composition, simplicity, and absolute focus on the volume and geometry of form in an art of great vigour and restraint.” Azalea is an outstanding example of Holgate’s approach – his use of form is bold, his colour is fresh and strong, and the rendering of the folds of fabric under the potted plant is softly dimensional.

This fine painting is related to an earlier canvas of the same subject in the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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