Lot # 209
Post-War & Contemporary Art Highlights Online auction

Charles Pachter
OC 1942 - Canadian

The Painted Flag
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 2003 and on verso signed, titled and dated
48 x 36 in  121.9 x 91.4cm

Private Collection, Toronto

Leonard Wise, Charles Pachter: Canada’s Artist, 2017, pages 106-108

Charles Pachter’s most celebrated and recognizable series, "Painted Flag", was started in the summer of 1980. After building an improvised flagpole at his Oro farm, he observed the different configurations produced by the rippling flag in rapid succession. Captivated by the endless variations, Pachter painted the Canadian flag hovering in the air, observed from various angles and distances with an emphasis on light and shadow.

His first exhibition of large flag paintings took place in 1981 in a remarkable space - a former supermarket transformed by the artist into what was probably the first art gallery to settle on Toronto’s Queen Street West strip. Pachter has returned to this subject often since then, and his depictions of it have evolved into an iconic portrait of a national symbol. Literary critic David Staines aptly wrote, “Pachter devotes much of his work to an examination of national identity. Seizing upon commonplace objects in the Canadian landscape, the flag, the hockey player, the moose…he focuses on them with such relentless and varied intensity that he compels us to reconsider these familiar signposts in our collective memory.”


$15,000 ~ $25,000 CAD

Final Bid: $16,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount $
33773 28/11/2019 10:01:45 AM $16,000
6681 28/11/2019 9:59:40 AM $15,000
8169 28/11/2019 9:59:22 AM $14,000 Autobid
33773 28/11/2019 9:59:22 AM $13,000
8169 28/11/2019 9:51:25 AM $12,000 Autobid
33773 28/11/2019 8:06:15 AM $11,000
38708 28/11/2019 8:04:35 AM $10,000
31431 28/11/2019 8:00:47 AM $9,500
33773 26/11/2019 8:40:36 PM $9,000
6681 26/11/2019 3:55:47 PM $8,500
38708 12/11/2019 1:56:17 PM $8,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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