LOT 143

1882 - 1953

Far Shore, Six Mile Lake, Muskoka, Ontario
oil on canvas on board, 1933
signed and on verso titled Six Mile Lake on the gallery label and inscribed "46 $375 by Laing on the board and with the Roberts Gallery inventory #7079-S
12 7/8 x 16 3/4 in, 32.7 x 42.5 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $67,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Sale of the Artist to Vincent Massey, Toronto, 1934
Laing Galleries, Toronto, 1958
James Coyne, Ottawa, 1958
Roberts Gallery, Toronto, 1960
Ohler Fine Art, Vancouver, 1993
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary, 1993
Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner Fine Art, May 13, 1994, lot 34
E.L. Donegan, Toronto
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, Vancouver, 2007

David P. Silcox, Painting Place: The Life and Work of David B. Milne, 1996, pages 247 and 267
David Milne Jr. and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume 2: 1929 - 1953, 1998, reproduced page 574, catalogue #303.12

Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, 1981, titled as Roots on the Point, catalogue #19

In 1933, David Milne wanted to move from Palgrave after his separation from his wife Patsy. Traveling by canoe along the Trent Canal–Severn River system, he discovered Six Mile Lake, an isolated spot three kilometres from Big Chute, near the southern end of Georgian Bay. He liked its open terrain and built a cabin on a rocky point on the lake, describing his new studio as “just as near heaven as you can get.” He painted the landscape around him - bush, waterways, granite outcroppings, islands, points and headlands.

This subject is one he painted often, a pleasing view west from his point towards the low islands on Six Mile Lake, and it is a stunning, light-filled work. Milne was developing his use of thin black lines to define shape, with colour areas deposited along the lines. He also used patches of colour not tied to a realistic representation of nature, such as purple. Milne gives sky and water similar treatment, using softly scumbled multi-hued brushwork with close colour values, merging sky and water. Working without distractions at Six Mile Lake, Milne made solid progress, feeling that he gained, as he put it, “a general widening or enriching of method.”

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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