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LOT 112

1879 - 1963

Summer Landscape, Eastern Townships
oil on board
16 x 18 in 40.6 x 45.7 cm

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Sold for: $37,250

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Private Collection, North Carolina

Summer Landscape, Eastern Townships is a lively example of Ethel Seath’s vibrant style. Her work is characterized by the use of bold masses of colour and the stylization of her subject, and she depicted forms with a robust, sculptural quality. Seath was a founding member of Montreal’s Beaver Hall Group. She spent a significant amount of time painting in the Eastern Townships. In this work, her energetic brushwork, as well as the various fresh and buoyant greens, are reminiscent of her 1933 painting St. Andrews Church, now in the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

The scene portrayed in this work was also the subject of a painting by her peer Anne Savage, with whom she was closely associated. Savage’s version (Untitled, Eastern Townships, 1930s) was the cover work for the Women Painters of the Beaver Hall Group exhibition, held at Sir George Williams Art Galleries, Concordia University, in 1982. Like Savage, Seath’s life passions were teaching and art. Seath taught at The Study, an all-girls Montreal private school, from 1917 to 1962, and in 1937, along with Savage, she taught Saturday morning classes for children at the Art Association of Montreal. The summer season was important for both artists as it allowed them time to paint.

This work has an unfinished study on verso of a farming implement, likely a horse-drawn sickle mower.

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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