Fine Canadian Art | Part II

May 05 - May 26, 2022

This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $19,000 CAD
Bidding History
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34232 26-May-2022 02:43:18 PM $19,000 AutoBid

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36844 21-May-2022 10:21:37 AM $16,000 AutoBid

The bidding history list updated on: Saturday, June 25, 2022 09:34:59

LOT 208

1815 - 1872

The Huron Moccasin Seller
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled and dated c. 1860 on the gallery label
11 x 8 1/4 in, 27.9 x 21 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $23,750

Preview at:

Zwicker's Gallery, Nova Scotia
Private Collection, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Cornelius Krieghoff and his family moved in 1853 to Quebec City, where he painted views of the city and surrounding region. Among his best-loved works from this period are the emblematic figures of First Nations peoples that he encountered, including the Huron-Wendat woman depicted here. Loaded with leather moccasins at her side and wearing long snowshoes, the moccasin seller is depicted walking among the dramatically thrusted ice floes of a frozen-over St. Lawrence River. In the background, the citadel and rooftops of Quebec City front the further hills of the Laurentians, glowing beneath the late-afternoon sky. Krieghoff’s view of Indigenous people was fundamentally romantic, and he saw their lives as mysterious. Scenes such as these were particularly attractive to local merchants and the military men from Britain, who took them home as exotic reminders of their life in Canada; about a third of Krieghoff’s oevre is devoted to the depiction of Frist Nations people.

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