LOT 132

1890 - 1945

Autumn Landscape
oil on board
12 x 16 in, 30.5 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Sold for: $97,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Wilder, Toronto

The subject matter of this Franklin Carmichael oil sketch is likely the La Cloche region of Ontario. Carmichael first visited the area in the mid-1920s, and it would soon become the artist’s lifelong landscape muse. Just as with the first visit of fellow Group of Seven members A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris to the north shore of Lake Superior, Carmichael’s first visit to La Cloche was preceded by a forest fire. This resulted in a stripping away of many of the trees and much of the vegetation, revealing the essence of the area’s distinctive massive quartzite hills. Carmichael was so taken with the area that he would build a cabin on the shores of Cranberry Lake, from where, for two decades, he would set off on sketching trips. This work is rendered in an earthy palette of ochre, amber and burnt sienna, colour choices notably similar to his virtuosic large oil depicting La Cloche, Autumn from 1940, in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Notable, too, is the support of 12 x 16 inches, the larger and rarer of Carmichael’s two main sketch sizes.

For the biography on Mr. and Mrs. William P. Wilder in PDF format please click here.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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