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LOT 116

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon
1881 - 1942

Lac de Charlevoix au crépuscule
oil on panel
on verso titled, dated circa 1921 on the labels, inscribed with the Dominion Gallery inventory #B3752 and certified by the Lucile Rodier Gagnon Inventory #64
6 1/2 x 9 1/4 in 16.5 x 23.5 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $91,250

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Estate of the Artist
Acquired from the above by William R. Watson, Montreal
Acquired from the above by Mrs. Percy Flynn, Quebec City
Acquired from the above by the Dominion Gallery, Montreal, September 25, 1964
Acquired from the above by David J. Molson, Quebec, October 27, 1964
Acquired from the above by Paul Kastel, Montreal, circa 1985
Private Collection, Toronto
Private Collection, Vancouver
Private Collection, Ontario

A.K. Prakash, Impressionism in Canada: A Journey of Rediscovery, 2015, reproduced page 585

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

From 1919 to 1924, Clarence Gagnon lived in Baie-Saint-Paul in the Quebec countryside, a location he had great affection for. He often made outdoor sketching trips, on skis in the winter and on foot in the summer, bringing his paintbox, sketchbook and folding stool. Other well-known artists such as A.Y. Jackson, Albert H. Robinson and Edwin Holgate sometimes joined him, as Baie-Saint-Paul was held in high regard for its picturesque views.

Gagnon was greatly concerned with the quality of his materials, and during this time he was grinding his own pigments, ordered from the Paris firm of Morin et Tanet – thus the rich blues, greens, purples and delicate mauves we see here. The artist’s exquisite feel for the ephemeral effects of atmosphere is revealed in the pastel highlights in the clouds and the snowfields on the mountaintops, and in thin glimmers of gold throughout the image. In this pochade, Gagnon captures the beauty of the striking view at this rural house - from the lake, whose hues move from mauve to peridot green, to the hills and mountains beyond.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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