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LOT 146

Carl Clemens Moritz Rungius
1869 - 1959
American

Mountain Trail Hikers
oil on canvas
signed
16 x 12 in 40.6 x 30.5 cm

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

Sold for: $67,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Alberta

LITERATURE
Jon Whyte and E.J. Hart, Carl Rungius: Painter of the Western Wilderness, Glenbow Museum, 1985, page 137
Karen Wonders, Carl Rungius: Artist and Sportsman, Glenbow Museum, 2001, page 106, reproduced page 106

EXHIBITED
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Carl Rungius: Artist and Sportsman, June 10 - November 13, 2000, catalogue #92


Carl Rungius was a member of numerous naturalist groups in the United States and Canada. He belonged to the Boone and Crockett Club and the Campfire Club of America; he was also president of the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies in 1928 and a founding member and president of the Skyline Hikers of the Canadian Rockies in the 1930s. Karen Wonders notes of Mountain Trail Hikers: “This brilliantly coloured painting was the basis for a 1939 Canadian Pacific Railway poster advertising the Skyline Trail Hikers Camp in Ptarmigan Valley. Rungius, a charter member of the group, enjoyed the annual hikes and no doubt added to its tourist appeal through his celebrity status.” Rungius’s skill on the trail was noted by a fellow hiker: “In the Camp Fire Club of America…he is respected by all, not alone for his ability as a painter but also for his skill in woodcraft. There is no member of the club who is his peer as an outdoor man.” In Mountain Trail Hikers, Rungius achieved a dynamic sense of movement. Contrasting the strong diagonal direction of the rocky slopes, the sinuous line of climbers and the verticality of the peaks, he created a scene that embodies the euphoria of this mountain trek.


Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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