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William Kurelek

William Kurelek

William Kurelek
Spring 2017 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 003

William Kurelek
ARCA OC OSA 1927 - 1977 Canadian

Section Foreman's Home, Southern Alberta
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1971 and on verso signed and titled
11 x 23 1/2 in  27.9 x 59.7cm

Private Collection, Toronto

Born and raised on the prairies in Alberta and Manitoba, William Kurelek documented every aspect of life in the region in all seasons. Portrayed in this charming work is the home of the section foreman, a subject that the artist returned to more than once. This railway worker’s role was key to Prairie life, and Kurelek found the subject of the foreman’s family fascinating—clearly it was something that resonated with him from his upbringing.
A quintessential Kurelek, Section Foreman's Home, Southern Alberta includes all of the elements one would want to have in a winter scene by the artist—an expansive snowy landscape with a picturesque horizon, children playing on the snowbanks and a mother hanging clothes to dry on a line, as well as other representations of daily life on the Prairies—making it a poignant and personal example of his work. While it is unusual to see a train in one of his landscapes, here it adds a significant detail to the prairie narrative, in the only place where one would be able to see the entire length of the oncoming train and the smoke trail above it.
This work is in the original frame made by Kurelek.

Estimate: $50,000 ~ $70,000 CAD

Sold For: $157,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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