LOT 108

1869 - 1937

Coucher de soleil
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1904 and on verso titled Coucher de soleil à Arthabaska on the Bernard Desroches gallery label
34 1/2 x 45 in, 87.6 x 114.3 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000 CAD

Sold for: $55,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Galerie Bernard Desroches, Montreal
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William Barrie Waite, Vancouver

Hughes de Jouvancourt, Suzor-Coté, 1967, pages 41 and 44

From 1897 to 1907, with the exception of two trips back to Arthabaska in Quebec between 1901 and 1904, Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté was living in France. He experienced considerable success in the Paris Salons and at the Paris World Fair of 1900, where he received a bronze medal and much critical praise. There, as Hughes de Jouvancourt wrote, “Paris society idolized the dedicated artist” and “he was becoming famous.” But he could not forget about his beloved Arthabaska, and he exhibited two landscapes inspired by Arthabaska at the Paris Salon of 1906.

At the time this work was painted, in 1904, Suzor-Coté was influenced by the Barbizon School, but we can also sense the influence of the Impressionists in his exquisite sky, with its mauve and gold-tinted clouds, and in the golden glow that backlights the scene. Its delicate illumination creates a path through the centre of the landscape, striking the tops of vegetation in the field, in contrast to the dark trees. A light haze hovers over the background hills and at the back of the field at the end of day. Coucher de soleil is a tour de force of atmospheric effects by Suzor-Coté.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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