Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction
Lot # 110
Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872 Canadian
Crossing the Ice
oil on canvas
signed, dated 1861 and inscribed "Quebec"
14 1/2 diameter in 36.8 diametercm
Laing Galleries, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto
J. Russell Harper, Krieghoff, 1979, page 59
Dennis Reid, Krieghoff: Images of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1999, a similar 1861 canvas entitled In the Jardin de Caribou, 50 Miles Below Quebec, in the Thomson Collection, reproduced page 118
From 1853 to 1863, Cornelius Krieghoff lived in Quebec City, and it was a time of fulfillment for him—he produced a fine body of work and had many clients for his paintings. J. Russell Harper wrote, “His art, reflecting the lively and agreeable scene around him, was transformed...His keen wit and buoyantly infectious spirit, his understanding of his audience’s tastes, and his versatility in themes combined to give his paintings of this period a popular appeal unrivalled by any other Canadian artist of the century.” This vivacious winter scene was a theme that Krieghoff painted in a number of variations, with a river emerging from a Laurentian valley and, at a crossing, habitants, hunters or First Nations people meeting on its frozen surface, accompanied by dogs and sledges. Not only is this a stunning landscape, it also showcases Krieghoff’s intimate knowledge of the everyday life of the Québécois. This knowledge is depicted with panache and with Krieghoff’s characteristic attention to detail in the clothing, the horse’s harness and the sledge loaded with wood. In an amusing inclusion, a black dog also hauls a small sled.
Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD
Sold For: $70,800.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)