Lot # 103
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon
CAC RCA 1881 - 1942 Canadian

Street Scene
oil on panel
signed and dated 1908 and on verso inscribed "Series 10 No. 1" / "Stock No. 494" / "21" and stamped Couleurs fine et d'études, panneaux, toiles, chevalets
9 1/8 x 6 in  23.2 x 15.2cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Montreal, circa 1910 - 1915
By descent to the present Private Collection, USA

Clarence Gagnon was living in France in 1908 until July, when he returned to Quebec. In France, Gagnon experienced the impact of Impressionism, absorbing its light-filled approach to atmosphere and colour. This charming scene shows people going about their activities in what is likely a French medieval town. Around 1908 Gagnon sketched in the towns of Dinard, La Hisse, Saint-Malo and Dinan, with the latter being a particular focus. Street Scene is a striking work, showcasing Gagnon’s fine sensitivity to light; sunlight washes across the walls of the buildings and the lines of laundry, and gleams through the arch at the bottom of the street. The viewer’s eye is funneled down the narrow street by the squares of light at the base of the buildings, towards the intriguing vista glimpsed through the arch. Gagnon’s palette is fresh, light and colourful, from the blue-tinged shadows to bright details such as the emerald shutters and the blue, peach, pink and orange of the women’s clothing. Especially perceptive is Gagnon’s capturing of the rhythm of everyday life in the town, as events unfold at an unrushed, tranquil pace.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $22,500 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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