Lot Sale Results

William Kurelek
Fine Canadian Art Fall 2007 Live auction

Lot # 061

William Kurelek
ARCA OC OSA 1927 - 1977 Canadian

Ukrainian Christmas Eve
oil on board
initialed and dated 1973
10 1/2 x 10 3/4 in  26.7 x 27.3cm

Acquired directly from the Artist
By descent to Brian Dedora, Vancouver

Kurelek’s mother was from a Ukrainian family in Alberta and his father was an immigrant from the Ukraine. Kurelek grew up on a dairy farm outside of Winnipeg and captured the essence of Prairie life in his work. This magical work depicts Ukrainian Christmas Eve supper, or Sviata Vecheria, with its 12 traditional dishes, each one dedicated to one of Christ's Apostles. In the corner is a sheaf of wheat, the stalks of grain symbolizing all the ancestors of the family, in which their spirits are believed to reside during the holidays. The three-tiered bread ring in the centre with the candle is a kolach. The rings symbolize the Trinity and the circular form represents Eternity. Kurelek captures the delight of the child contemplating this bountiful feast in the magical, quiet moment before the family enters.
This work is in an original hand-painted frame made by Kurelek, and is accompanied by a pristine copy of the book With WK in the Workshop: A Memoir of William Kurelek by Brian Dedora, who is a well-known Vancouver picture framer and gilder who learned his trade from Kurelek.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $25,000 CAD

Sold For: $48,875.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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