LOT 127

1881 - 1942

La maison bleue Les Éboulements
oil on panel
on verso titled, dated 1922, certified by the Lucile Rodier Gagnon inventory #241 and stamped with a thumbprint
4 1/2 x 7 1/8 in 11.4 x 18.1 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Sold for: $43,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Private Collection, Calgary

La maison bleue les Éboulements was painted during Clarence Gagnon’s fourth return to Quebec from Paris, from 1919 to 1924. During this time he lived in Baie-Saint-Paul, and he developed deep ties with the inhabitants of the village. He resumed his outdoor painting excursions, traveling on skies with his Swiss shoulder bag holding his paintbox, sketchbook and folding stool, executing fresh, on-the-spot oil sketches such as this pochade. After the war, the quality of commercially produced artist colours had declined, and Gagnon began to import his pigments from the firm Morin et Tanet, in Paris; he ground and mixed his own colours, producing a palette of vivacity and purity. The result of this devotion to materials can be seen in the gorgeous blues of the house and the smoke plume curling from the chimney, the bright red and green doors, and the mauve tones in the trees. Gagnon used a white base for his works, which brightened them even on an overcast day like this one, and the snow glows with light. His brushwork is absolutely fluid; the branches of the screen of trees seem to writhe, enlivening the scene with movement.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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