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LOT 114

Kathleen Moir Morris
1893 - 1986

Street Scene in Ottawa
oil on board
signed and on verso titled, dated circa 1935 on a gallery label and inscribed "437 G"
10 x 13 1/2 in 25.4 x 34.3 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

Sold for: $40,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Winchester Galleries, Victoria
Private Collection, Toronto

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal, Kathleen Morris (1893 - 1986), Retrospective Exhibition, September 2003

Kathleen Morris was born into Montreal’s Protestant elite and became part of Montreal’s Beaver Hall Group in 1920. At a time when women were struggling to assert their professional status, this group of women, with their impressive lists of exhibitions and acquisitions by museums, was groundbreaking. From 1922 to 1929 Morris lived in Ottawa, and she painted an accomplished body of work based on urban scenes there. Eric Brown, director of the National Gallery of Canada, was an early supporter and acquired a work for the gallery’s collection. Supported by her mother, who was a defender of women’s rights, Morris overcame a disability that impaired her speech and coordination. Undaunted, she painted outdoors in winter to capture scenes like this, and her passion for life was admirable. Morris used an intriguing bird’s-eye view in this scene, using open space as a contrast to the urban density. Her brush-strokes are lush and textural, and the winter sky is an intriguing ochre-green hue, capturing the unusual winter light. Captivating details like the horse-and-sleigh teams and people on the streets add visual richness to this fine sketch.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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