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2nd Session

September 02 - September 30, 2021

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Current bid: $2,750 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

1775 30-Sep-2021 02:12:49 PM $2,750 AutoBid

9256 30-Sep-2021 02:11:21 PM $2,500

1775 30-Sep-2021 02:08:43 PM $2,250

9256 30-Sep-2021 02:07:17 PM $2,000

1775 30-Sep-2021 02:03:32 PM $1,900

9256 30-Sep-2021 02:02:56 PM $1,800

1775 30-Sep-2021 02:02:40 PM $1,700

9256 30-Sep-2021 02:02:00 PM $1,600

1775 30-Sep-2021 02:01:20 PM $1,500

9256 30-Sep-2021 02:00:42 PM $1,400

823427 30-Sep-2021 01:59:54 PM $1,300 AutoBid

1775 30-Sep-2021 01:57:25 PM $1,200

823427 30-Sep-2021 01:57:13 PM $1,100 AutoBid

1775 30-Sep-2021 01:57:13 PM $1,000

823427 30-Sep-2021 01:56:29 PM $900 AutoBid

9256 21-Sep-2021 02:58:19 PM $800

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: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 01:06:58

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

Sold for: $3,438

Preview at:

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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