Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction
Lot # 101
James Williamson Galloway (Jock) Macdonald
ARCA BCSFA CGP OSA P11 1897 - 1960 Canadian
Mt. Ringrose from Near Lake Oesa, Lake O'Hara, BC
oil on board
signed and dated 1941 and on verso titled and inscribed "11"
12 x 15 in 30.5 x 38.1cm
Robert F. Christy and Dagmar von Lieven Christy, Vancouver
By descent to the present Private Collection, California
Joyce Zemans, Jock Macdonald: The Inner Landscape, A Retrospective Exhibition, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1981, page 101
The first collectors of this painting (and lot 138 in this sale) were Robert F. Christy and Dagmar von Lieven Christy. Robert was a prominent Canadian-American theoretical physicist and astrophysicist. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, he studied physics at the University of California under Robert Oppenheimer. Christy worked on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago during World War II, then with Oppenheimer at the project’s Los Alamos laboratory. In 1960 he turned his attention to astrophysics, ultimately winning the Eddington Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society for his research.
Jock Macdonald spent the summer of 1941 in the Rockies with Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris. Both artists were striving for an art that transcended the mundane, and in the Rockies they found a stunning landscape that embodied the spiritual. Joyce Zemans writes, “At Lake O’Hara, the mighty glaciers offered what Harris described as ‘a channel into our essential inner life, a door to our deepest understanding, wherein we have a capacity for universal experience.’ ” In this powerful and rugged painting of Ringrose Peak towering above Lake O’Hara, Macdonald has captured a vision of the majesty and cosmic harmony that he and Harris perceived in the Rockies.
Estimate: $15,000 ~ $25,000 CAD
Sold For: $32,450.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)