LOT 135

1881 - 1956

Spring Evening, Cacouna
oil on board, circa 1921
signed and initialed and on verso titled on the Laing gallery label
10 1/2 x 11 7/8 in, 26.7 x 30.2 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $85,250

Preview at:

Laing Galleries, Toronto
Private Estate, Montreal
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 23, 2007, lot 15
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Wilder, Toronto

Thomas R. Lee, Albert H. Robinson: "The Painter’s Painter," 1956, unpaginated

Albert Robinson was a friend of Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson, and accompanied him on numerous painting excursions around Quebec, where they would paint out of doors in and around the rural villages. Cacouna was their first shared destination in 1921, and Spring Evening, Cacouna is a fine example of Robinson’s reverence for the landscape and people there. Thomas Lee commented on Robinson’s Quebec scenes, “Robinson…understands the habitant and his environment. The quaint and characteristic houses and farm buildings, sleds and ships, winter snow and ice-bound rivers are his themes, and he does them so brilliantly.” Spring Evening, Cacouna is highly prized subject matter for Robinson, with its charming village, exquisite pastel hues and two horse-drawn sleighs on the winding street.

In the 1920s, Robinson’s work was gaining recognition abroad as well as in Canada, and his 1923 work entitled The Open Stream was one of only three Canadian works acquired by the Musée d’art moderne in Paris.

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

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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