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LOT 008

1927 - 1977

Finding Kittens in the Hayloft (from Memories of a Manitoba Childhood)
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1967 and on verso titled on the gallery label and inscribed by the artist
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in 26.7 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $46,250

Preview at:

Galerie Agnès Lefort, Montreal
Private Collection, Vancouver

William Kurelek inscribed on verso of this work:

We children loved the young farm animals, usually the younger the better, and so we watched the comings and goings of mother cats, and as soon as we saw one that was no longer pregnant we followed her until we discovered her hidden nest. Often this was in the hayloft. And when she saw us pick up her wee blind babies (their plaintiff little meow gave them away when we were near), she would weave around us, partly it seems out of concern but partly, we imagined, out of pride over her little ones.

This charming Kurelek is a classic depiction of his memories of childhood on the family farm in Manitoba. His memory was sharp for the everyday events that added pleasure to his and his siblings' lives, which were full of hard work. Kurelek’s attention to detail is extraordinary - under the eaves of the hayloft, the white kitten being held up stands out visually, while in the shadows we see the bright eyes of the mother cat, closely watching over her kitten. The artist communicates with marvellous realism the sense of wonder with which the children regard the new life.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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