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William Goodridge Roberts

William Goodridge Roberts

William Goodridge Roberts
November 2016 - 10th Session Online auction

Lot # 824

William Goodridge Roberts

Ice Flows, Gatineau
oil on board
signed and on verso titled, dated 1962 on an exhibition label and inscribed "962" and "To Joan on her birthday 1967"
25 x 32 in  63.5 x 81.3cm

A gift from the Artist to his wife Joan Roberts
Private Collection, Ottawa
Private Collection, Vancouver

Sandra Paikowsky, Goodridge Roberts, 1904 - 1974, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1998, pages 148 and 197

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Goodridge Roberts, Festival Ontario, catalogue #962

In the spring of 1960, Goodridge Roberts returned to Montreal from a period as resident artist at the University of New Brunswick. His work from then on possessed a looser, energized brush-stroke charged with emotive feeling. Roberts's early training in New York had established his commitment to modernism; form in his work was as much about the handling of paint as the definition of objects, and his brushwork was derived from Abstract Expressionism. Sandra Paikowsky wrote of the works of this period that "the landscape has been torn apart with an intensity equal to the sense of order that he had imposed on images of the area decades earlier." In this dynamic painting, slashes of white define the ice pans and patches of snow on the shore, and fluid brush-strokes give the impression of turbulent movement in land, sky and water. In Ice Flows, Gatineau, Roberts's completely assured handling of his subject is clear - in the words of art critic Robert Ayre, "the vision of a man who could paint swiftly and yet true only because he had spent years in slow, penetrating contemplation."

Estimate: $6,000 ~ $8,000 CAD

Sold For: $10,620.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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