Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction
Lot # 127
Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872 Canadian
Lakeside Indian Encampment
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled on the Kennedy Galleries label
10 3/4 x 8 3/4 in 27.3 x 22.2cm
Kennedy Galleries, New York
Private Collection, Toronto
This is a particularly fine First Nations encampment scene by Cornelius Krieghoff, full of the kind of authentic and meticulous details he was so well known for, such as the birchbark canoe, hide teepee supported by branches, cooking pot over an open fire, and family group with their carry baskets and distinctive clothing. Krieghoff was quite familiar with native peoples—he interacted with the Iroquois of Caughnawaga while he was living in Montreal from 1846 to 1853, and with the Hurons at Lorette when he was residing in Quebec City in the following decade. This is a classic composition for Krieghoff—he places the group at a landing spot under a protective rock face, surrounded by dense trees flickering with fall colours. Water ripples in the foreground, and he opens up an enticing view to the hills and sky on the left. Scenes such as this, showing First Nations people existing in harmony with the natural world, reflected Krieghoff's essentially romantic vision of their life in the Canadian wilderness.
This splendid painting and lot 128 were once in the possession of one of the oldest galleries in the United States, Kennedy Galleries, founded in 1874 in New York by Hermann Wunderlich.
Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD
Sold For: $47,200.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)