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LOT 046

Gordon Appelbe Smith
BCSFA CGP CPE OC RCA
1919 - 2020
Canadian

R.F. XI
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1987 and inscribed "Anthony Island"
75 x 65 po 190.5 x 165.1 cm

Estimation : $40,000 - $60,000

Vendu pour : $49,250

Exposition à :

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Vancouver

BIBLIOGRAPHIE
Ian M. Thom and Andrew Hunter, Gordon Smith: The Act of Painting, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1997, page 49


In 1984, 1986 and 1987, Gordon Smith visited Haida Gwaii, and the coastal rain forest became the basis for his abstractions. His palette changed from the bright colours of his previous Cumberland Basin works to deep, cool hues, and he was applying his paint with abandon. Around this time, Smith produced Tanu I, a large-scale work (in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery) in which paint hung in curtains, dripped and slashed across the surface. Its bravura style typified the work of this time and can be seen in R.F. XI. Ian Thom wrote, “Smith’s love for the physicality of paint has moved the images beyond being objects pure and simple and into a spiritual realm…The synchronicity of image and paint become spirit.” This outstanding painting is dominated by vertical forms that suggest towering evergreens and rock faces. Light glows from above, and forms swirl around the forest floor, reminiscent of Emily Carr’s depictions of energy moving through the forest. Smith’s energized, fluid brushwork makes R.F. XI radiant and alive.


Estimation : $40,000 - $60,000

Tous les prix affichés sont en dollars canadiens


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