LOT 128

1881 - 1942

Rue du village de la Baie St. Paul
oil on panel
on verso titled, dated 1920, inscribed "GHC", certified by the Lucile Rodier Gagnon inventory #269 and stamped with a thumbprint
4 5/8 x 7 1/8 in 11.7 x 18.1 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Private Collection, Calgary
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Private Collection, Calgary

Clarence Gagnon’s relationship with Baie-Saint-Paul began during a summer trip in 1902. Between his frequent sojourns in France, he lived and painted in Baie-Saint-Paul, and when he returned permanently to the village in 1936, it remained his home until the end of his life. Baie-Saint-Paul had long been a favourite painting place for artists like A.Y. Jackson, Dr. Frederick Banting, Edwin Holgate and A.H. Robinson. By 1919, a railway line had been built connecting nearby villages, and Gagnon was concerned about the modernizing influences from the outside. He was interested in depicting the quiet, traditional and picturesque nature of the town, as he does in this lovely painting. The row of houses exhibits typical Québécois architectural elements, such as the dormer windows and the liberal use of colour, which makes each house front unique. Gagnon shows his ability with delicate pastels in the snow, which has marvellous tints of yellow, blue, pale green, grey and ochre, while a mauve sky captures the unusual light of winter. It is a charming scene that shows Gagnon’s warm affection for Baie-Saint-Paul.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

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