#2 River in Autumn
acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, titled, dated December 1986 and inscribed "AC-39-86"
40 x 80 in, 101.6 x 203.2 cm
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000
Sold for: $34,250
Preview at: Vancouver Art Gallery, 4th Floor
Donated by Monty James Cooper
Born in Unity, Saskatchewan in 1927, Dorothy Knowles is one of Canada’s most prominent painters. She is known for her landscapes rendered in acrylic, oil and watercolour paint, charcoal and pastel. Knowles has developed a style that combines the classical traditions of composition with the loose brushwork evocative of plein air sketches, transforming the prairie landscape into works of pictorial inventiveness. Knowles is the recipient of many awards, including the Canada 150 Medal (2017), the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and the Order of Canada (2004). Knowles’s work is widely collected in public and private art collections all over North America including the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Boston Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and many more.
Knowles has been working with acrylic paint since the 1970s. #2 River in Autumn is exemplary of her naturalistic approach to landscape painting with her gestural brush-strokes and sensitive application of colour. Rendered in a delicate palette of pale yellows, reds and blues, this sweeping horizontal work embodies her deep affection for Saskatchewan, her detailed knowledge of its topography and her interest in its constantly shifting appearance from season to season.
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