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Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe
Spring 2017 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 010

Takao Tanabe
OC 1926 - Canadian

Foothills Looking West
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled Foothills / Looking West and titled on the gallery labels, dated May 1982 and inscribed "Acrylic"
55 x 75 in  139.7 x 190.5cm

Provenance:
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Xerox Canada, Toronto

Literature:
Ian M. Thom et al., Takao Tanabe, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2005, essay by Nancy Tousley, pages 87 and 88

What could be more emblematic of Alberta than the foothills, those “sensuous undulating swells south and west of Drumheller, and the gently rolling almost flat stretches east of Red Deer,” in the words of Nancy Tousley. In regard to his series of prairie paintings, Takao Tanabe revealed, “What I think about the prairie is perhaps romantic but it is an enormously simple-looking space and within all that simplicity it’s very, very rich, very subtle.” In comparison to The Land, lot 58 in this sale, which is almost abstract, Foothills Looking West shows an evolution to more specific elements, although pared to their essentials. The stained approach to his paint surface is still there, and Tanabe uses delicate gradations in the golden brown of the land to give spatial definition. The sky, so important on the prairie as a generator of action and change across the open, receiving landscape, dominates here. In Foothills Looking West, Tanabe makes us aware of transcience—capturing light, weather and a moment in time in what Tousley describes as “a vision more metaphysical than material, one that melds Zen and the Sublime Void.”

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $20,000 CAD

Sold For: $55,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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