Fall 2016 - 4th Session Live auction
Lot # 206
James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA 1873 - 1932 Canadian
oil on board
dated August 31, 1929 and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "Reserved for Herbert S. Palmer"
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in 21.6 x 26.7cm
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art Inc., Vancouver
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver, acquired from the above in 1985
In 1924, when J.E.H. MacDonald first visited Lake O’Hara in British Columbia’s Yoho National Park, he was immediately smitten with the area. After a journey from Toronto by train to Wapta Lake, then up the trail by horseback and on foot, he settled in at Lake O’Hara camp for 19 days. With his rucksack on his back and his painting kit slung across his chest, MacDonald climbed up to the Opabin Plateau using the edges of the steep creek beds. Once there, he found pleasing mountain vistas in every direction. The views so enticed the painter that the plateau would become one of his choice haunts. This majestic work, painted in 1929, depicts Wiwaxy Peak from the edge of the plateau, at a spot referred to as Opabin Prospect. The triangle of blue water is that of Lake O’Hara itself, glinting in the sun some 250 metres below. MacDonald returned to Lake O’Hara to sketch for seven consecutive years after his first visit, until poor health prevented travel. His depictions of the region perfectly capture its wild beauty and high alpine atmosphere.
Estimate: $50,000 ~ $70,000 CAD
Sold For: $53,100.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)