LOT 021

1909 - 1998

Boat Theme in Green, Red, White and Blue; Beach, Collioure
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1958 and on verso titled and inscribed "1957" and "J.L. Shadbolt"
25 x 30 in, 63.5 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Sold for: $67,250

Preview at:

The Art Emporium, Vancouver
Estate of Mary and Harry Klonoff, Vancouver

Scott Watson, Jack Shadbolt, 1990, pages 78 and 79

In fall of 1956, Jack Shadbolt took a leave of absence from teaching and traveled to France, “to discover his ‘roots’ in French painting,” as Scott Watson wrote. He went first to Paris, but soon migrated south to the Côte d’Azur, where, as he exclaimed, “I nearly went mad just out of Toulon…My first Mediterranean colour – cool melon, heliotrope, clear pale mineral blue…Blacks as rich as loam.” He set up a studio in Menton, making excursions along the French coast. In Collioure, a small fishing village near the Spanish border, he rented a room in which Henri Matisse had worked, and was fascinated by the beach and boats there. Matisse was in his thoughts as he described the view out the window: “The very way the boats were linked across the frame…struck me in a flash as a typical motif of Collioure – especially as Matisse must have seen it.” In this abstracted nautical scene, Matisse is also present in Shadbolt’s use of bright hues - rich red, green, blue and orange. Shadbolt’s masterful modernist approach to form is manifest in the inventive play of geometric planes and fluid dimensionality in this exceptional Collioure canvas.

For the biography on Mary and Harry Klonoff in PDF format please click here.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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