Sotheby’s May 24th auction of Important Canadian Art offers for sale works spanning more than 150 years of art practice in Canada, with particular focus on The Group of Seven, Painters 11, Les Automatistes, Les Plasticiens and Contemporary Canadian artists.
Among the highlights of the historical section are a Rocky Mountain oil sketch by Lawren Harris, a 1928 oil sketch by AJ Casson, a David Milne Boston Corners oil, a rare Robert Tod winter scene of the Montmorency ice cone and an Emily Carr forest interior. The Post-war offerings include a number of works by the Painters 11 including paintings from the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Represented in this sale are Jack Bush, Tom Hodgson, Harold Town (a 50s canvas, as well as Stretch and Snap works), Kazuo Nakamura and William Ronald (with canvases from 1956, 1971 and 1987). Québec painters are also well-represented with exquisite period paintings by Jean-Paul Lemieux, Marcelle Ferron, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Fritz Brandtner and Paul-Émile Borduas, as well as Riopelle, Gaucher and McEwen.
Finally, contemporary Canada is represented from one end of the country to the other with works by Christopher Pratt, Alex Colville, Paterson Ewen (a very rare and early canvas from 1955), Barbara Astman, Sorel Etrog, Alex Wyse, Tony Scherman, Greg Curnoe, Jack Shadbolt, Robert Murray, Doug Coupland, Michael Morris and Dennis Burton among others.