Anticipated closing time: Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 2:00 PM ET
Current bid: $700 CAD
Next bid: $800 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

13858 15-Sep-2021 09:06:07 PM $700

30856 10-Sep-2021 10:07:52 AM $600

13858 06-Sep-2021 06:26:20 PM $500

27934 05-Sep-2021 03:31:44 AM $450

13858 02-Sep-2021 08:40:09 PM $400

The bidding history list updated on: Friday, September 17, 2021 12:28:10

LOT 112

1904 - 1987

Abstract (Untitled)
oil on canvas
signed and on verso dated late 1930s on the gallery label
32 x 26 in, 81.3 x 66 cm

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Heffel Gallery Ltd., Vancouver
Private Collection, British Columbia

Thom, Ian, Art BC: Masterworks from British Columbia, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2000, page 54

British Columbia’s first professional woman sculptor, Beatrice Lennie was part of the first graduating class of the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Art in 1929. When Frederick Varley and Jock Macdonald started the BC College of Fine Arts in 1933, she was hired to lead the sculpture department. She studied further under Charles Marega (known for sculpting the Lions of the Lions Gate Bridge in Stanley Park), as well as Diego Rivera. After the closure of the BC College of Fine Art, she opened the Beatrice Lennie School of Sculpture in 1936 at 13th and Granville in Vancouver. After a few years she closed the school and began teaching at Crofton House School at 41st and Blenheim. Solo exhibitions of her work were held at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1948 and posthumously in 1997.

This abstract work was likely painted in the latter half of the 1930s during the peak years of her creative output, a time in which Vancouver Art Gallery curator Ian Thom stated that Lennie produced “the first significant wholly abstract art in British Columbia.” A stylistically similar painting of hers, described by Thom as her most important painted abstraction, entitled The Atom, circa 1938, is in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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