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William Raphael
Old Pals

10 1/2 x 8in 26.7 x 20.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000 CAD
Sold for:   $10,350 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian and Irish Art Fall 2003 auction on Friday, November 28, 2003
William Raphael
Self Portrait of the Artist

24 x 20in 61 x 50.8cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000 CAD
Sold for:   $7,500 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Historical Art auction on Thursday, November 29, 2018
William Raphael
Fireside Chat in a Clearing

24 x 42in 61 x 106.7cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 CAD
Sold for:   $3,750 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's July 2017 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, July 27, 2017
William Raphael
Country Village

11 1/2 x 17 1/4in 29.2 x 43.8cm
oil on board

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000 CAD
Sold for:   $2,300 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2002 auction on Thursday, May 02, 2002
William Raphael
Child with Cat

17 x 14in 43.2 x 35.6cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 CAD
Sold for:   $1,750 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Historical Art auction on Thursday, November 29, 2018
William Raphael
The Artistís Daughter, Bertha

18 1/4 x 13in 46.4 x 33cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 CAD
Sold for:   $1,500 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Impressionist & Historical Art auction on Saturday, June 01, 2019

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William Raphael
Cottage and Stream

9 3/4 x 18in 24.8 x 45.7cm

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500 CAD
Sold for:   $550 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Autumn 98 auction on Thursday, November 05, 1998
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William Raphael

1833 - 1914

Though he is best known for his portraits and lively Canadian genre scenes, William Raphael also responded to the Canadian landscape and captured its splendor and its vast nature. Raphael employed light to establish figures in space, which he derived from German Romantic painting of the early nineteenth century. His work strove to show the romantic elements of Canadian life as viewed through the eyes of an immigrant.
Raphael was born in Nakel, Prussia, of Orthodox Jewish background. He studied art at the Berlin School of Fine Art under Johann Eduard Wolff and Karl Begas. In 1956, he first moved to New York and found employment as a portraitist before immigrating to Montreal in 1957 where he settled. He spent the remainder of his life teaching at various schools and colleges, and in 1881 formed his own successful school. He also found work through commissions for portraits and religious scenes for Catholic orders. In 1880, Raphael was accepted into the Ontario Society of Artists and then became a founding member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.
Raphaelís painting entitled Behind Bonsecours Market, Montreal was painted nine years after he arrived in Montreal and was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada in 1957. It is a complex work that uses studied light effects to create a luminous quality.

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