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LOT 267

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon
CAC RCA
1881 - 1942
Canadian

Hiver à Charlevoix
oil on board
signed and inscribed "To Mrs. Irwin, Christmas 1914" and on verso titled and dated 1909 on a gallery label
11 1/4 x 15 1/2 po 28.6 x 39.4 cm

Estimation : $70,000 - $90,000

Vendu pour : $100,300

Exposition à : Heffel Toronto – 13 avenue Hazelton

PROVENANCE
A gift from the Artist to Mrs. Irwin, 1914
Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art Inc., Vancouver
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver, acquired from the above in 1987


Clarence Gagnon arrived in 1904 in Paris, where his encounter with the work of the Impressionists liberated his palette, paving the way for the light, vibrant use of colour that we see here. On his return to Quebec in 1908, he spent time in Saint-Joachim and Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix county, and this area was the source for some of Gagnon’s most important works. In both colour and composition, this exquisite oil sketch is a quintessential Quebec winter scene by Gagnon. Hiver à Charlevoix showcases his extraordinary abilities as a colourist—snow is not merely white, but infused with tints of pastel pink, flesh, green and blue. The surface of the snow is radiant, the blue in particular casting an icy incandescence. Rich hues are everywhere, from the emerald tones in the icy edges of the stream to the purple-infused hills up to the mauve and creamy orange in the clouds. Typical of his depictions of Charlevoix, this small settlement is nestled into a valley traversed by the sinuous curves of a stream and backed by the Laurentian Mountains—in Gagnon’s crystallized vision of this peaceful Quebec countryside.


Estimation : $70,000 - $90,000

Tous les prix affichés sont en dollars canadiens


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