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LOT 144

Franklin Carmichael
1890 - 1945

Whitefish Village, Ontario
watercolour on paper
signed and dated 1924 and on verso titled on the gallery label and inscribed "Whitefish Village - given to Dorothy Hoover by her cousin, Franklin Carmichael"
8 x 9 in 20.3 x 22.9 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

A gift from the Artist to Dorothy Hoover, Toronto
Galerie d'Art Michel Bigué, Quebec
Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner / Waddington's, December 3, 2002, lot 40
Private Collection, Toronto

Megan Bice and Mary Carmichael Mastin, Light and Shadow: The Work of Franklin Carmichael, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1990, page 39, reproduced page 39

In 1924, Franklin Carmichael resumed working in watercolour, a medium so important to him that in 1925 he and A.J. Casson founded the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour to promote it. In the 1930 Group of Seven exhibition, Carmichael and Casson insisted on a room dedicated to their watercolours. The high regard Carmichael had for his watercolours is revealed in his pricing—in 1926, large watercolours were comparable to some canvases, and generally his watercolour values equaled those of his oil sketches. Carmichael expressed his admiration for the medium in a talk he gave to the watercolour society in the 1930s: “It is capable of responding to the slightest variation of effect or mood. It can be at once clean cut, sharp, delicate and forceful or subtle, brilliant or somber, including all the variations that lie in between.” Megan Bice states that this exceptional watercolour is the only known work from Carmichael’s trip to Sudbury in 1924 to Lake Wabagishik.
Dorothy Hoover, the first collector of this work, was the daughter of artist Fred S. Haines and Carmichael’s cousin. She was the librarian at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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