Summer Select
1st Session

July 08 - July 29, 2021

This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $42,500 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

15287 29-Jul-2021 12:54:06 PM $42,500

36882 28-Jul-2021 12:36:34 PM $40,000

The bidding history list updated on: Sunday, September 26, 2021 01:39:08

LOT 014

1942 -

Painted Flag
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso signed and dated 2004
72 x 40 in, 182.9 x 101.6 cm

Estimate: $45,000 - $55,000

Sold for: $52,250

Preview at:

Private Collection, Toronto

Leonard Wise, Charles Pachter: Canada’s Artist, 2017, pages 106-108

Charles Pachter’s most celebrated and recognizable series, "Painted Flag", was started in the summer of 1980. After building an improvised flagpole at his Oro farm, he observed the different configurations produced by the rippling flag in rapid succession. Captivated by the endless variations, Pachter painted the Canadian flag hovering in the air, observed from various angles and distances with an emphasis on light and shadow.

His first exhibition of large flag paintings took place in 1981 in a remarkable space - a former supermarket transformed by the artist into what was probably the first art gallery to settle on Toronto’s Queen Street West strip. Pachter has returned to this subject often since then, and his depictions of it have evolved into an iconic portrait of a national symbol. Literary critic David Staines aptly wrote, “Pachter devotes much of his work to an examination of national identity. Seizing upon commonplace objects in the Canadian landscape, the flag, the hockey player, the moose…he focuses on them with such relentless and varied intensity that he compels us to reconsider these familiar signposts in our collective memory.”

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