Jacques Godefroy de Tonnancour

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Jacques Godefroy de Tonnancour

1917 - 2005
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Jacques Godefroy de Tonnancour was a painter, writer, photographer and entomologist born in Montreal in 1917. He attended the École des beaux-arts, Montreal from 1937 to 1940. In 1942, his first solo exhibition took place at the Dominion Gallery in Montreal, and a painting from that same year, Young Woman Seated, was acquired by the National Gallery in Ottawa. A Canada Council Grant in 1945 enabled him to spend 16 months in Brazil, where he painted from nature and produced 47 works for an exhibition in Rio de Janeiro. Upon his return to Canada, de Tonnancour painted still life and figurative works influenced by Picasso and Matisse. He was a member of the Contemporary Art Society of Montreal, and drafted the manifesto for Prisme d'yeux, a group organized by Alfred Pellan that rejected the views of the Automatists. He stopped painting between 1950 and 1955 (with the exception of a dozen canvases), after which travels in the Laurentians, northern Ontario and Vancouver revived his interest in painting Canadian landscapes. His "squeegee" technique began in 1959 and led to experiments in abstraction, collage and mixed media until the early 1980s.

De Tonnancour taught at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal from 1969 to 1982. He completed several public art commissions in Quebec, while also participating in numerous international group exhibitions. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979 and received the Order of Quebec in 1993. In 1982 he abandoned painting completely to collect and photograph insects - entomology had been a life-long interest. His works can be found in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Musée du Québec, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick, among others. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, the Canadian Group of Painters and the Contemporary Arts Society. De Tonnancour died in Montreal in 2005.



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Winter Landscape
36 x 48in 91.4 x 121.9cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $25,000 - $35,000 CDN
Sold for:   $58,500 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2013 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 28, 2013



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La butte
24 x 32in 61 x 81.3cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $15,000 - $25,000 CDN
Sold for:   $16,520 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2014 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014



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Stèle pour un dieu soleil
48 x 48in 121.9 x 121.9cm
mixed media on board

Estimate:  $7,000 - $9,000 CDN
Sold for:   $16,380 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2011 - 1st Session auction on Tuesday, May 17, 2011



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La butte
24 x 32in 61 x 81.3cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $14,950 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2007 auction on Friday, November 23, 2007



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Forêt
24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $14,160 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 25, 2016



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Landscape
36 x 48in 91.4 x 121.9cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $12,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $14,040 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2009 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2009



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Sur trois ronds
36 x 36in 91.4 x 91.4cm
oil and mixed media on canvas on board

Estimate:  $7,000 - $9,000 CDN
Sold for:   $9,360 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008



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Sans titre
16 1/2 x 20in 41.9 x 50.8cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $7,000 - $9,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,080 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's March 2016 - 2nd session auction on Thursday, March 31, 2016



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Nu
25 x 19in 63.5 x 48.3cm
charcoal on paper

Estimate:  $800 - $1,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,020 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's February 2012 - 4th Session auction on Thursday, February 23, 2012



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Échos et vestiges de l'âge du bronze #7
23 3/4 x 23 3/4in 60.3 x 60.3cm
mixed media on board

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,558 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's March 2011 - 5th Session auction on Thursday, March 31, 2011


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