Edwin Headley Holgate
AAM BHG CGP CSGA G7 RCA
1892 - 1977
High Water, Laurentians
oil on board
initialed and on verso signed, titled, dated circa 1932 and inscribed "G325A"
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, 21.6 x 26.7 cm
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Sold for: $18,750
Warwick Gallery Ltd., Vancouver, 1974
Private Estate, British Columbia
Edwin Holgate was a founding member of Montreal’s Beaver Hall Group, and he became the eighth member of the Group of Seven in 1929. The rural and wilderness landscapes of Quebec formed the core of his oeuvre. He was drawn to the stunning scenery of the Laurentian Mountains early in his career, and although he kept his Montreal studio, in 1925 he built a log cabin at Lake Tremblant, and subsequently painted many works in this vicinity. Holgate’s affinity with the Group’s approach to landscape can be clearly seen in High Water, Laurentians, which focuses on the drama of a frothing waterfall cascading over descending rock formations. It is a fresh and vigorous oil sketch, executed on the spot, with strong brushwork that emphasizes the movement of the water, the solidity of the rock formations and the strength of the gnarled tree trunk in the foreground. Holgate generates light through his use of colour - the forest background glows with a verdant green, and the creamy white of the foaming waterfall creates a torrent of radiance.
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