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LOT 121

David Brown Milne
1882 - 1953

House and Shed (Palgrave)
oil on canvas, 1932
signed and on verso titled and inscribed "731" / "106" (circled) / "'06" (circled)
14 x 16 in 35.6 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Sold for: $73,250

Preview at:

Sale of the Artist to Vincent Massey, Toronto, 1934
Laing Galleries, Toronto, 1958
Mrs. J.S. Lightcap, Winnipeg, 1958
Gift of the Estate of Mrs. J.S. Lightcap to the Winnipeg Foundation, 1992
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada in association with Ritchie's, November 18, 2003, lot 148
The Art Emporium, Vancouver
A.K. Prakash & Associates, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario

David Milne Jr. and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume 2: 1929 - 1953, 1998, reproduced page 562, catalogue #302.200

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canadian Historical Art from the Collection, February 24 - June 17, 1990, titled as House and Sky
Winnipeg Art Gallery, David Milne: Interior with Paintings; A Selection of Works from the Permanent Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, January 18 - March 29, 1998, traveling to Western Canada, catalogue #9

From 1930 to 1933, David Milne was living in Palgrave, a small village in the Caledon Hills, 35 miles northwest of Toronto. During that time, his subjects were all a short walk from his house, and although he was painting steadily, his images were of no more than about a dozen subjects, depicted in different lights, times of day, weather and seasons. The subject of this exceptional painting is Ollie Matson’s house and yard, painted from Milne’s upstairs studio window, with the view to the west that extended beyond the town for about 20 miles. More than half of the work is sky, one of Milne’s fascinations. He concerned himself with the relationship between the sky and the land - with the charged equilibrium of this meeting at the horizon between the town anchored to the earth and a sky full of dramatic, looming clouds. The palette is typically Milne – black with a handful of colours, used to fine effect here.

Although these were lean years for Milne due to the Depression, in 1934, two years after this work was produced, Milne sold all of his Palgrave paintings to Alice and Vincent Massey.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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