Lot # 127
L'automne 2017 - 2e séance Live auction

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA 1873 - 1932 Canadian

The Lake
oil on board
on verso signed, titled, dated circa 1920 on the gallery label and inscribed "25 Severn St." and "30.00"
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 pouces  21.6 x 26.7cm

Provenance:
Jerrold Morris Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario

Lakes often feature in J.E.H. MacDonald’s paintings—captured during his trips to Algonquin, Algoma, Georgian Bay and many other Ontario locations, such as Turtle Lake and Lake Ontario. The Lake, an oil sketch executed on the spot, depicts a quintessential Ontario body of water on a radiant day. MacDonald’s sure brushwork, sensitive perception of atmosphere and fine sense of composition are strongly evident. Gazing through the screen of the foreground tree, we zoom out to the bright headland on the opposite shore, which is lit in the centre by a strip of bright green. The Lake is a tranquil scene, soft and full of the shimmering reflections of a pale green sky over blue water. MacDonald infuses a sense of action into his brushwork by using long horizontal strokes in the sky and short vertical strokes in the lake’s surface. The warm wood tones of the board are visible through the paint, making the viewer more conscious of the artist’s paint handling and layering. Fresh and full of atmosphere, The Lake is an outstanding Group of Seven period work by this towering figure of Canadian art.

Estimation: 40,000 $ ~ 60,000 $ CAN  
Vendu pour: 58,250 $ CAN (prime d'achat incluse)

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