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LOT 122

1892 - 1977

Snow Cloud
oil on panel
initialed and on verso signed, titled twice and dated 1949
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Preview at:

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada in association with Ritchie's, November 19, 2007, lot 134
Private Collection, British Columbia

Dennis Reid, Edwin H. Holgate, National Gallery of Canada, 1976, reproduced page 80

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Edwin H. Holgate, July 25 - September 7, 1975, catalogue #37

This oil on panel by Edwin Holgate is an impressive study in volume. While the forms themselves contain Holgate’s classic rounded, fluid rhythms, they also contain a palpable sense of painterly mass. The gently rolling hills in the lower right, the trees through the mid-ground and the hills receding into the distance all contain a striking dimensionality beyond the two-dimensional picture plane. Even the titular cloud possesses the heft of snow yet to fall. This composition must have resonated with Holgate, as he later produced a silkscreen version, which further stylized his approach while retaining much of the original’s impact.

The panel was likely painted in the Morin Heights area of the Laurentian Mountains, where the artist relocated from Montreal in 1946. This area was a regular source of inspiration throughout his career. Notably, the work’s palette and handling of the hills are reminiscent of Holgate’s Spring Break-Up, 1930, the canvas and oil sketch of which hang in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Also painted in the heart of the Laurentians, works like these showcase the long-standing connection between region and artist.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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