LOT 133

1890 - 1945

La Cloche Hills
oil on board
signed and on verso titled on the gallery label
10 x 12 in 25.4 x 30.5 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Laing Galleries, Toronto, 1963
Acquired from the above by Wilson and Beverley Southam
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

Oil paintings by Franklin Carmichael, a member of the original Group of Seven, are particularly rare. Financial pressures meant that Carmichael continued working as a commercial artist and teacher throughout his life, leaving little time for his true passion, sketching the beauty of the northern Canadian landscape. His short life (he died at 55, while still at the height of his artistic powers) contributed to the scarcity of his works.

The La Cloche Mountains are located in northern Ontario, above Lake Huron. The name Cloche (French for “bell”), according to legend, derives from the sound that could be heard for miles when the rocks were struck by First Nations peoples for signaling purposes. Carmichael first visited the area in 1924; he was so taken by the dramatic mountainous landscape and changing light that in 1935 he built a cabin on Cranberry Lake, in order to spend more time in his favourite location.

In this charming work, the eye is drawn across the lake and up the hill, past the scattered green pines clinging to the undulating rocky forms with their pink quartzite hues, then up to the white clouds picked out so lyrically against the patches of blue sky.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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