LOT 047

1904 - 1974

Daffodils & Red-Checked Cloth
oil on board
signed and on verso titled, dated 1960 on the Art Gallery of Ontario label and inscribed "2196" and "Roberts 850604-101"
36 x 45 in 91.4 x 114.3 cm

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Collection of Joan Roberts, Quebec
An Important Corporate Collection, Canada

Sandra Paikowsky, Goodridge Roberts, 1904 – 1974, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1998, page 191

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Goodridge Roberts, Festival Ontario, n.d., catalogue #2196
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal, Hommage à Goodridge Roberts, RCA (1904 - 1974), September 12 - 24, 1983, catalogue #5

Daffodils & Red-Checked Cloth is an outstanding large-scale painting from the still lifes that form an important part of Goodridge Roberts’s oeuvre. In New York, Roberts had studied still life painting with Max Weber, and on his return to Montreal, he continued to pursue the subject throughout his life. His still life compositions were personal yet universal, and as poet Neufville Shaw said, Roberts’s “interiors, cluttered with all the drifting paraphernalia of life, are testimonials, not to geography or to interior decoration, but to the deep and clear personality of their creator.” This enclosed space is a place of solitude and contemplation, where objects and colour-field backgrounds quietly exert their presence. The extraordinary, thickly textured tablecloth, with its red slashes over a background of pink, mauve and brown brush-strokes, is positively luscious. Roberts suspends weight and gravity in the objects on top of it – particularly towards the front, where the book and fruit seem to hover. This use of shifting space and restless surface tensions is typical of the artist’s later career. The pitcher of daffodils exudes gaiety, and the textured ochre floor and brushy blue and green background vibrate with the sheer joy of painterly exuberance.

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

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