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Horatio Walker
The Ice Cutters, Île d’Orléans

6 1/4 x 9 3/8in 15.9 x 23.8cm
circa 1904
oil on paper on board

Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000 CAD
Sold for:   $87,750 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Spring 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Horatio Walker
Sunset Over a Snowbound Pasture

28 x 38in 71.1 x 96.5cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000 CAD
Sold for:   $16,520 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2015
Horatio Walker
The Woodcutter, Horse and Sled, Winter

14 1/2 x 18 1/2in 36.8 x 47cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000 CAD
Sold for:   $16,100 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's May 2006 - 3rd Session auction on Saturday, May 27, 2006
Horatio Walker
Plowing the Field

11 x 16in 27.9 x 40.6cm
oil on panel

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000 CAD
Sold for:   $12,650 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 auction on Thursday, November 24, 2005
Horatio Walker
First Snow, Île d'Orléans

17 x 13in 43.2 x 33cm
oil on canvas on board

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000 CAD
Sold for:   $12,500 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art auction on Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Horatio Walker
The Wood Gatherers

24 x 18in 61 x 45.7cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000 CAD
Sold for:   $9,360 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's February 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, February 27, 2014
Horatio Walker
Siesta

18 x 26 1/8in 45.7 x 66.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000 CAD
Sold for:   $8,260 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's May 2014 - 4th Session auction on Saturday, May 31, 2014
Horatio Walker
Retour des noces

16 x 21 1/2in 40.6 x 54.6cm
charcoal on paper

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000 CAD
Sold for:   $6,900 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006
Horatio Walker
Evening, Ile d'Orleans, Quebec

28 1/8 x 38 1/8in 71.4 x 96.8cm
oil on linen

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000 CAD
Sold for:   $6,490 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2015 - 4th Session auction on Saturday, November 28, 2015
Horatio Walker
Pastoral Scene

13 1/4 x 19 1/4in 33.7 x 48.9cm
oil on board

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000 CAD
Sold for:   $5,463 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2006 auction on Thursday, May 25, 2006
Horatio Walker

Horatio Walker

1858 - 1938
AWCS CAC NAD RCA RI RSC SAA

Horatio Walker is best known for his paintings of rural Canadian life, particularly his images of Île d’Orléans, Quebec. He first visited the region in 1870 while accompanying his father on a business trip. Walker’s painting changed very little over the years and the artist almost always worked under the same conditions using the same principles, and his paintings displayed nostalgia for the countryside.
Walker was born in Listowel, Ontario and showed a proficiency for drawing from a young age. At the age of 15, Walker moved to Toronto and began to work at Notman-Fraser photographic studios, where he met Homer Watson, who became a lifelong friend. In 1876, Walker settled in Rochester, New York, where he worked as a photographer and hand-tinted photographs until 1885. Walker first visited Europe in 1882, where he was greatly influenced by the Barbizon painter Jean-François Millet and the Dutch artists of The Hague School. Walker emulated the peasant subject matter of The Hague School paintings in his scenes of habitants in the Quebec countryside. In 1883, Walker rented a studio in Quebec City and engaged the Montross Gallery in New York as his dealer. He moved to New York in 1885, but continued to spend his summers in Quebec. In 1900, Walker’s work was included in an exhibition at the Art Association of Montreal alongside the paintings of the famed Maris brothers of The Hague School.
That same year, Walker moved to London to expand his market. He lived there until 1905, but continued to return to the Île d’Orléans, which eventually became his primary residence. By 1907, Walker held prominence as Canada’s most famous artist, having found success both nationally and internationally. The Canadian Art Club in Toronto championed Walker’s work, and in 1915, Walker replaced his friend Watson as the club’s president. The following year he received an honorary degree from the University of Toronto.

Beginning in the 1920s, collectors such as Louis-Athanase David and C.J. Simard began to collect Walker’s paintings, as they felt that his work was an authentic cultural statement and part of the national heritage. Walker’s oil Oxen Drinking, 1899, was one of the first major purchases of the National Gallery of Canada, and it was acquired for $10,000, an enormous sum at that time.

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