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Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté
November 2016 - 6th Session Online auction

Lot # 428

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté
CAC RCA 1869 - 1937 Canadian

Vieille dame devant le foyer
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1905 and on verso inscribed "M. Pacaud, 674 Roslyn" on a label
20 1/8 x 16 1/4 in  51.1 x 41.3cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Montreal

Literature:
Laurier Lacroix, Suzor-Côté: Light and Matter, National Gallery of Canada and Musée du Québec, 2002, page 122

After his first sojourn in France between 1891 and 1894, Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Côté left Canada for France a second time in 1897, residing there until 1907. Throughout these years, he attended the Julian and Colarossi Academies, traveled to Cernay, Normandy, Brittany, England and Scotland, and exhibited his work at the French Salons. The figure of the peasant became a common subject in Suzor-Coté’s painting during this second French stay. As Laurier Lacroix stated, "the peasants inspired the artist to paint works in which the model assumes a moral role. The grandeur and the nobility of the subject makes it an archetype." In this work, a modest peasant woman of rural northern France is depicted sitting by a hearth where a fire is burning. Her posture and facial expression, marked by years of labour and harsh conditions of living, convey a sense of strength and dignity that commands respect. The glowing light coming from the burning embers in the hearth, painted in warm tones of orange-yellow and vermilion, creates a striking contrast with the dark and earthy palette of the overall composition. Executed around 1905, this painting is a fine demonstration of Suzor-Côté’s mastery of genre painting.

Estimate: $10,000 ~ $15,000 CAD

Sold For: $14,160.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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