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LOT 150

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon
1881 - 1942

Charlevoix Lake, Spring Thaw
oil on panel
on verso titled on the gallery label, dated 1922, certified by the Lucile Rodier Gagnon Inventory #88 signed with a thumbprint and stamped with a thumbprint
6 1/4 x 9 in 15.9 x 22.9 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $73,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Kaspar Gallery, Toronto
Peter Ohler Fine Arts Ltd., Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver

In 1919, Clarence Gagnon returned to Quebec from Paris, settling in Baie-Saint-Paul, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in Charlevoix County, where he developed deep ties with the area’s inhabitants. Due to its picturesque scenery, Baie-Saint-Paul was a magnet for artists, and Gagnon met visiting painters such as A.Y. Jackson, Mabel May, Albert H. Robinson and Edwin Holgate. Gagnon explored the surrounding countryside in all seasons, on skis or on foot, painting fresh, on-the-spot panels such as this charming work. Gagnon took great care with his materials, such as grinding his own pigments, which he imported from the Paris firm of Morin et Tanet, and the intensity and purity of his hues is seen here in the rich shades of blue. He was known for his brilliant whites, tinged with delicate pastels, which light up this fine winter scene. In this cluster of buildings nestled into the snow, the viewer can sense Gagnon’s warm feeling for this unique, unspoiled countryside. In 1925, Gagnon would return to Paris for his fifth sojourn there, although he continued to produce works based on Quebec imagery.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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