Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction
Lot # 149
David Brown Milne
CGP CSGA CSPWC 1882 - 1953 Canadian
Campfire in Winter, Uxbridge, Ontario
oil on canvas circa 1946
on verso titled by David Milne Jr., inscribed "NG #608" by Douglas Duncan and stamped "Received Jan. 31, 1963 / Criminal Investigation Branch / Ontario Provincial Police"
11 7/8 x 15 7/8 in 30.2 x 40.3cm
Estate of the Artist
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Ian M. Thom, editor, David Milne, Vancouver Art Gallery and McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1991, reproduced page 200
David Milne Jr. and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume 2: 1929 - 1953, 1998, reproduced page 881, catalogue #406.1
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, David Milne, September 27, 1991 - September 7, 1992, catalogue #142
From 1940 to 1947, David Milne lived at Uxbridge, a small rural town about 40 miles northeast of Toronto. His life there was generally stable and happy, and he produced a steady stream of work, including in 1946, when he worked mostly on landscapes or floral still lifes. Milne's use of paint in this atmospheric oil, with its softer approach to line and form, relates strongly to his watercolours of the 1940s, particularly in the diffused, wash-like treatment of the clearing in the foreground and the swirls of smoke drifting across the scene. Milne strikes a fine balance between the density of the woods in the upper half and the light, open foreground. Slashes of red and orange brighten the painting's predominantly earthy tones. Milne's depiction of his open-air painting site is beguiling—to the left stand the skis and poles used to reach the site, and above is the campfire built to warm him as he painted in the cold.
The stamp on verso refers to an incident in which a group of works was stolen from Milne's Baptiste Lake cabin and recovered by police in 1963.
Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD
Sold For: $32,450.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)