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LOT 153

Franklin Carmichael
CSPWC G7 OSA RCA
1890 - 1945
Canadian

La Cloche Hills
watercolour on paper
signed and dated 1933 and on verso titled and inscribed "by Franklin Carmichael, Looking West along Cranberry Lake toward Whitefish Falls and Willisville" on a label
11 1/4 x 13 1/4 in 28.6 x 33.7 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Sold for: $37,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Ontario
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada in association with Ritchie's, November 22, 2004, lot 122
The Art Emporium, Vancouver, 2008
Private Collection, Vancouver

LITERATURE
Megan Bice and Mary Carmichael Mastin, Light and Shadow: The Work of Franklin Carmichael, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1990, page 39


The spectacular physiography of Ontario’s La Cloche Mountains, with its striking white quartzite rocks, expansive lakes and panoramic views over an untamed wilderness, made a vivid impression on Franklin Carmichael on first sight in 1924. The region became his lifelong favourite painting place, and he built a log cabin at Cranberry Lake in 1935. Carmichael was an expert watercolourist, and along with F.H. Brigden and fellow Group of Seven painter A.J. Casson, formed the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour in 1925 to promote the medium. Carmichael extolled its qualities as follows: “As a medium, it is capable of responding to the slightest variation of effect or mood. It can be at once clean cut, sharp, delicate and forceful or subtle, brilliant or sombre, including all the variations that lie in between.” At La Cloche, Carmichael executed watercolours such as this sensitive painting on the spot, and he produced larger works in the studio. This impressive, sweeping view captures an ethereal light, with its misty glow at the far horizon and the high cloud formations illuminated along their edges. Open and airy, La Cloche Hills has an inspiring and transcendent atmosphere.


Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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