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William Smith Ronald
1926 - 1998
ORCHARD
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 39,000 CAD
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43
William Smith Ronald
1926 - 1998
ORCHARD
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 39,000 CAD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

William Smith Ronald
1926 - 1998
ORCHARD
signed, titled, dated 1/10/71 and inscribed Toronto on the reverse
oil on canvas
198.2 by 152.4 cm.
78 by 60 in.
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Provenance

Aquired directly from the artist
Private Collection, Princeton, New Jersey

Literature

Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven, The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, 2010 p. 69.

Catalogue Note

The year 1957 marks a radical and sustained shift in Ronald's colour palette and composition. At this time, he and his wife moved to New Jersey and he credits his new approach with colour to inspiration found in a nearby gladiola garden. His wife described the garden as "a riot of colour".  Ronald's colour muse found its way into his palette which became explosive, brilliant and, in a word, riotous. This earlier influence is clearly visible in the celebratory palette of Orchard

This work similarly reflects a shift in compositional preference seen in Ronald's work by the 1970s. This is the central oval figure supported by a chromatic palette of amorphous shapes. Orchard is a bold affirmation of Ronald's accrued creative confidence and his lifelong commitment to vibrant expression.

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