Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction
Lot # 154
Bertram Richard Brooker
CGP CSGA CSPWC OSA RCA 1888 - 1955 Canadian
oil on canvas 1936
signed and on verso titled and inscribed "Hart House, Nov. 37" / "Bertram Brooker, 107 Glenview Ave., Toronto"
24 1/4 x 30 in 61.6 x 76.2cm
Mrs. Dean Hughes, Ontario
Private Collection, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto
Dennis Reid, Bertram Brooker: A Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Canada, 1979, page 17, reproduced page 53
Hart House Art Gallery, Toronto, Bertram Brooker, November 1937
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Bertram Brooker: A Retrospective Exhibition, 1972, traveling, 1972 - 1973, catalogue #19, label on verso
After encountering Group of Seven artist Lemoine FitzGerald in Winnipeg in 1929, Bertram Brooker abandoned abstraction in favour of realism. He then produced nudes, portraits, still lifes and landscapes, with approaches ranging from a stylized realism to the use of elements of Cubism. By the 1930s, Brooker was working for the Toronto advertising firm J.J. Gibbons but needed more time to paint, and in 1934 he arranged a shorter workweek. This proved fortuitous, as Dennis Reid wrote that “the years from 1934 to 1937 are, with the abstract period from 1927 to 1930, the most prolific, coherent, and generally successful of his whole painting career. Paintings such as...Fawn Bay...are penetrating in their realism, dynamic in composition, and harmonious in colour and texture.” Fawn Bay, with its strong sense of volume, is an outstanding work by this important early modernist. The contrast of the smooth, rounded trunks of trees anchored in boulders against the rough-hewn texture of the split-rail fence is particularly striking. The glowing golden field and a glimpse of shining water in the distance give a transcendent feel to this strong image.
Estimate: $30,000 ~ $40,000 CAD
Sold For: $32,450.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)