Fall 2016 - 4th Session Live auction
Lot # 269
Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté
CAC RCA 1869 - 1937 Canadian
Pont Bourbeau sous la neige
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1921 and on verso titled as Le Pont Bourbeau and inscribed "propriété de Madame à Suzor-Coté" on the museum label
33 1/4 x 48 1/4 in 84.4 x 122.5cm
Mme A. Suzor-Coté, Quebec
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 31, 2008, lot 222
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver
Jean-René Ostiguy, Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, National Gallery of Canada, 1978, reproduced page 9
Laurier Lacroix, Suzor-Coté: Light and Matter, National Gallery of Canada and Musée du Quebec, 2002, page 166, an earlier related canvas of the same subject entitled First Thaw, Late March, Canadian Winter Landscape reproduced page 165, catalogue #46
Musée de la province du Québec, Quebec City, July 16, 1945, exhibited as Le Pont Bourbeau
The bridge in this beautiful large-scale painting is named for Solyme Bourbeau, the neighbour of Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, who allowed the artist to set up his easel wherever he wanted on his farm. The view is from the Gosselin River, where it ran through Bourbeau’s property. This river has its source in the Appalachian Mountains, eventually flowing into the Nicolet River, and Suzor-Coté painted it many times.
This picturesque river scene showcases Suzor-Coté’s fine eye for moody winter atmospheres and his Impressionist approach to the landscape. Delicate tints of colour are exquisitely infused into the white along the ice edges and snowy riverbanks.
It is interesting to note that a related canvas, First Thaw, Late March, Canadian Winter Landscape, was painted in 1906, and that Suzor-Coté returned to paint the scene again in 1921 in this work - it must have been a view that greatly appealed to him. Bridges were among his favourite subjects, and as Laurier Lacroix writes, “No one could make them more attractive than Suzor-Coté.” One of Canada’s finest Impressionist painters, Suzor-Coté captured the essence of the Quebec countryside in this evocative large painting.
Estimate: $200,000 ~ $300,000 CAD
Sold For: $212,400.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)