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Lot # 108
Fall 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

James Wilson Morrice
CAC RCA 1865 - 1924 Canadian

The Harbour at Dieppe
oil on canvas on paper board circa 1895
on verso titled Concarneau Harbour, France and The Harbour on the MMFA label and The Harbour (Concarneau) on the Klinkhoff Gallery label, inscribed "Studio Morrice, Montreal, Que." and stamped 2789
13 x 18 1/4 in  33 x 46.4cm

Provenance:
E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam
Continental Galleries of Fine Art, Montreal
Mrs. Lucile E. Pillow, Montreal, 1965
By descent to L. Marguerite and Murray Vaughan, 1969
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
The Art Emporium, Vancouver, 1972
Private Collection, Calgary

Literature:
James Wilson Morrice, Sketchbook #8, 1895 - 1896, page 52, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Dr.1973.31
Montreal Gazette, February 10, 1951, reproduced page 18, titled as Concarneau

Exhibited:
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, James Wilson Morrice: 1865 - 1924, September 30 - October 14, 1965, traveling to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, November 12 - December 5, 1965, catalogue #6

Canadian Impressionist James Wilson Morrice gained fame in Europe for his extraordinary painting, which so effortlessly captured the essential atmosphere of his subjects, whether a Paris café or a harbour scene such as this. Although labels on verso suggest the location of this work is Concarneau, it has been identified as Dieppe, looking towards the Quai de la Poissonnerie. Morrice regularly visited Dieppe, and there is a similar view in a sketchbook he used in Dieppe in 1895 and 1896. Morrice infused his works with calm and sensuality, and a sense of time stretching out luxuriantly—such as in this evocative scene of a boat at harbour with reflections rippling across the tranquil water. His palette is gorgeous, and in its lush tones of pink, cream, caramel and green softly brushed across the canvas, The Harbour at Dieppe shows Morrice’s mastery of his painterly elements.
We thank Lucie Dorais for her assistance in cataloguing this work. This painting is included in the catalogue raisonné on the artist’s work that is being compiled by Dorais.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD  
Sold for: $58,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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