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30810 30-May-2024 03:08:41 PM $90,000

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30810 30-May-2024 02:53:12 PM $45,000

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16317 30-May-2024 02:36:16 PM $27,500

871111 28-May-2024 03:49:57 PM $25,000

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LOT 517

1927 - 1977

Immigrant Train Above Lake Superior
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1966 and on verso titled on the gallery label
17 1/4 x 17 3/4 in, 43.8 x 45.1 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 CAD

Sold for: $109,250

Preview at:

The Isaacs Gallery Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

William Kurelek was born into a Ukrainian immigrant family, and his sympathies for the hard-working immigrants of the Prairie farming communities, such as Ukrainian Orthodox and Jewish, often emerged in his work. This is a striking image—both a sympathetic portrait of new immigrants and a stunning landscape—with Kurelek contrasting a close-up view of a passing train car with the lofty perspective over the lake. Kurelek’s characteristic attention to detail is marvellous here, giving much for the eye to linger over. Through the carriage windows, he has captured a variety of reactions to the scenery among the passengers—some people sleep, while a boy looks out with keen interest, as do the adults, their expressions ranging from fascination to apprehension. The locomotive, spewing smoke from its stack, is about to enter a dark tunnel—symbolic of the immigrants entering into the unknown of a new life in Canada. Kurelek’s choice of the dramatic Lake Superior setting makes us feel the sense of awe the travelers themselves must have felt at the scale and beauty of the raw landscape.

This work is in the original frame made by Kurelek.

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