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LOT 128

Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872

Indian Canoeing
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled on the Kennedy Galleries label
10 3/4 x 8 3/4 po 27.3 x 22.2 cm

Estimation : $20,000 - $30,000

Vendu pour : $35,400

Exposition à : Heffel Toronto – 13 avenue Hazelton

Kennedy Galleries, New York
Private Collection, Toronto

J. Russell Harper, Krieghoff, 1979, page 137

Cornelius Krieghoff was a keen observer of First Nations peoples. He depicted them traveling to sell trade goods, canoeing and landing at portage spots, hunting and gathering in family groups at encampments, and always surrounded by sumptuous landscapes. During his Quebec City period, his figures are smaller subjects in Krieghoff’s larger vision of the wilderness they are traversing, and they stand as symbols of a noble people unspoiled by civilization. As J. Russell Harper asserts, “Not even Jean-Jacques Rousseau could have imagined a more idealistic relationship between man and nature...Krieghoff obviously had deep-seated feelings that sympathized with this life.” The difficult realities of native people’s lives were eschewed, and what remained was a heroic vision. Images such as this fine painting were sought after by Krieghoff's collectors, who ranged from prosperous businessmen to army officers who returned to England with his romantic images of Canada's wilderness.

Estimation : $20,000 - $30,000

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