Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art Auction
May 29 – June 3, 2021
Waddington’s Major Spring auction of Canadian Fine Art highlights works by some of Canada’s most acclaimed artists such as Jack Hamilton Bush and his Painters Eleven counterpart Oscar Cahén, Cornelius Krieghoff, Clarence Gagnon and Paul Peel. Also featured are traditional landscapes by Franz Johnston, A.J. Casson, J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson; important paintings by P.C. Sheppard; and works on paper including a major pastel by Jean Paul Riopelle, as well as excellent works by Alex Colville, Kent Monkman, David Blackwood and Sybil Andrews. The auction is complemented by the best of Canadian contemporary art: paintings by Mike Bayne, Wanda Koop, Gerald Ferguson, John Hartman, Ulysse Comtois, (Donald) Mackay Houstoun and Takao Tanabe.
Entrusted to Waddington’s from an important private collection where it has resided for decades, ‘Green Up’, is an early work in Jack Bush’s late career period of using acrylic paints in his colourful abstracts. Bush, a master colourist, knew exactly how to pack a punch with the vibrancy of the red, blue and green shapes on the warm russet background and insert energy and joy, another signature trait in the masterful oeuvre of one of Canada’s most celebrated artists.
Originating from the collection of Canadian businessman and parliamentarian William Cameron Edwards, this painting has an illustrious history of provenance, including having hung within the hallowed halls of 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa – the current residence of the Prime Minister of Canada. It has been passed down through family generations since its acquisition at the auction of Mr. Edwards’ estate in the 1920’s. We are pleased to offer it for the first time at auction in over a century. Krieghoff is known for his lively and detailed depictions of the typical lifestyles of Canadians when the country was newly forming. ‘Moonlight’ bears a striking resemblance to the well-known painting ‘White Horse Inn by Moonlight’ held in the coveted collection of the National Gallery of Canada.
Gagnon spent much of his career in Europe perfecting his signature Impressionist style. The simplicity of the scene beautifully communicates the jewel-toned hues of the vast seascape before the small colourful figures – sun hats secured and parasol gripped tightly as a sailboat whizzes past on a breezy day. The figure at the centre of the composition is likely Gagnon’s soon-to-be wife Kathryn Irwin. Recently repatriated from a European collection, we are pleased to offer this work after decades in a private collection.
Sybil Andrews – ‘In Full Cry’
Lovingly preserved in a Private Collection since it was first acquired directly from the artist, this is an excellent example of the mastery of colour choice and printing skill of British-Canadian artist Sybil Andrews. The movement of the horses coming over the hedges leaps off the paper in an enrapturing, action-packed scene.
Ulysse Comtois – ‘Au Jardin En Automne’, 1982
Ulysse Comtois – ‘Couleurs d’Été’, 1980
In recent years, collectors have been increasingly seeking large-scale works by Comtois. Both canvasses are large and immersive, surrounding the viewer in the riotous colours of the outdoors in both summer and fall. The exaggerated pointillism employed by the artist is a joy to behold both from a distance as the cohesive composition depicts naturalistic shapes and forms.
This auction is offered online Saturday, May 29 through to Thursday, June 3 at 8 pm ET. Visit our website to browse the online gallery and to find out how to register and participate in the auction. We also invite you to enjoy our downloadable digital catalogue for additional information.
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Special Virtual Preview Event – Tuesday, June 1 at 7 pm ET
Join special guest Dr. Sarah Stanners and Waddington’s specialists in a virtual preview to view and discuss highlights from this auction. This event will be presented over the video platform Zoom.
Dr. Stanners is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Toronto. She is an independent art historian and curator who has dedicated 10 years to the forthcoming Jack Bush Catalogue Raisonné as both author and director of this major work of scholarship. RSVP required: please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
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