Sotheby's spring sale of Important Canadian Art at the Royal Ontario Museum offers an exceptional range of significant works from a rare and early Red Ensign flag from the time of Confederation to the most current works by internationally recognized and celebrated artists. Drawn from a number of distinguished private collections, including the estate of W. Allan Manford and the famous Peter Stuyvesant Collection of Amsterdam, this sale will showcase property of unparalleled quality and freshness to the market.
Significant paintings by members of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries highlight the sale, including Lawren Harris's important oil sketch, Water Falls, Agawa Canyon, phenomenal panels by J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer's majestic canvas, Bon Echo Rock, exuberant works by David Milne from his New York period, a spiritual and magnificent canvas by Emily Carr, and an iconic painting by Tom Thomson.
The second half of the sale is dedicated to Canadian abstraction and contemporary art, and opens with Lawren Harris's powerful and ethereal Intimations, which hung in the artist's own home until his death. Members of Painters Eleven are well represented, including a rare and important Inner Structure painting by Kazuo Nakamura from 1954. Marcelle Ferron's tremendous painting commissioned for the Peter Stuyvesant Collection in 1960 presents a rare and historic opportunity to collectors, as do other strong paintings by fellow Automatistes Jean Paul Riopelle and Jean McEwen.