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Cornelius David Krieghoff

Cornelius David Krieghoff

Cornelius David Krieghoff
Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction

Lot # 111

Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872 Canadian

Navigating the River
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1861
14 1/2 diameter in  36.8 diametercm

Laing Galleries, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

While living in Quebec City, Cornelius Krieghoff had access to stunning scenery near at hand with numerous lakes and rivers. This fine painting features one of Krieghoff’s favoured compositions—a man in a canoe paddling across a body of water towards a large rock. One of Krieghoff’s greatest series of large-scale tableau paintings revolved around a huge boulder known as the “Big Rock,” and these works often included groups of First Nations people. Large rocks such as this, shown at the water’s edge or at the edge of a cliff, were from the ancient Laurentian Shield. They were important elements in these scenes, their solidity contrasting with the flowing water and the profusion of foliage surrounding them. Krieghoff often chose the fall season to showcase the brilliant gold, orange and red hues we see here. His view of nature and man’s relationship with it was idealistic—he saw it as a sylvan paradise. The paddler in this scene, although dwarfed by the forest around him, is completely at ease, a traveler in a magical world of natural beauty.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $47,200.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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