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Alexander Colville

Alexander Colville

Alexander Colville
Fall 2016 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 002

Alexander Colville
PC CC 1920 - 2013 Canadian

Dog with Bone
gouache on paperboard
signed, dated 1960 and inscribed "3 Nov." / "8N" / "painted 10 Nov." / "27 Oct. 60"
10 1/2 x 15 in  26.7 x 38.1cm

Provenance:
Warwick Gallery, Vancouver
Galerie Royale, Vancouver
The Estate of Dr. and Mrs. William F. Bie, British Columbia

Literature:
David Burnett, Colville, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983, page 160, the 1961 serigraph entitled Dog with Bone reproduced page 152
Andrew Hunter, Colville, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2014, the 1961 serigraph entitled Dog with Bone reproduced page 100

Exhibited:
Galerie Royale, Vancouver, Alex Colville: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints, July 27 - August 13, 1977

David Burnett stated, “Colville’s sympathy toward animals is reflected in his brilliantly observed studies of their forms and actions...He feels a freedom with the shapes of animals which is not possible with the human figure; his Two Pacers is an example of this, as is the serigraph Dog with Bone.” Animals have always been important in Alex Colville’s life and work, and he often depicted the family dogs. Here, he shows this dog in a natural pose, turning to look at him while holding its prize, the bone. Although this composition is essentially the same as in the serigraph, there are differences—it is painterly in its treatment, while the serigraph is scientifically precise. The bone in our work is different in its shape, more fully formed, and it is firmly grasped in the dog’s mouth, whereas in the print, it is cut off on one side and gives the illusion of floating in front of the dog’s mouth. The gaze of the dog, so trusting in the print, is far more intense here. This fine gouache is an outstanding example of this important subject in Colville’s oeuvre.

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

Sold For: $64,900.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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