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LOT 123

1873 - 1932

Artist and Easel
oil on board
titled and dated 1913 on a plaque and on verso signed, dated July 1913 and inscribed "To Eugene Beaupré (a souvenir of a fine holiday) With best wishes" by the artist
7 x 9 in 17.8 x 22.9 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Sold for: $28,125

Preview at:

Eugene Beaupré
Sold sale of Important Canadian Paintings, Drawings, Watercolours, Books and Prints of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Sotheby & Co. (Canada) Ltd., May 4, 1971, lot 151, titled as Artist Working in the Shade of a Tree
By descent to the present Private Estate, British Columbia

In late spring of 1913, J.E.H. MacDonald moved from Toronto to the village of Thornhill, seven miles north of the city. MacDonald acquired a property with a 10-room house that he named Four Elms, on four acres of woods with maple, spruce and elm trees. Four Elms served as a country refuge for other artists who would become the Group of Seven, such as Frederick Varley, Arthur Lismer, Frank Johnston and Franklin Carmichael. Here MacDonald gardened and painted, creating iconic works such as The Tangled Garden (in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada). In Artist and Easel he captures the lush green of this area with fluid, textured brush-strokes. The huge tree casts a pool of shadow behind the artist, but he paints in the sun, and the brightness of his white shirt makes him the focal point of the work. Although the identity of the figure is open to speculation (perhaps one of MacDonald’s fellow Group artists), he is most likely Canadian artist Eugene Beaupré, who, according to the dedication given by the artist, holidayed in Thornhill. MacDonald has captured the essence of summer - sweet and reflective, green and glowing, compelling to both MacDonald and his artist subject.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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