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LOT 106

Pegi Nicol MacLeod
1904 - 1949

Skeena Landscape
oil on board, circa 1928
on verso titled and inscribed "$300.00" on the National Gallery of Canada label
21 1/8 x 22 1/4 in 53.7 x 56.5 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Sold for: $34,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, Ottawa
By descent to the present Private Collection, Montreal

Donald W. Buchanan, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, 1904 - 1949, National Gallery of Canada, Memorial Exhibition, 1949, listed page 9

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Memorial Exhibition, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, 1904 - 1949, June 14 - August 23, 1949, traveling in Canada, 1949 - 1951, catalogue #3

Pegi Nicol MacLeod spent her early years in Ottawa and was acquainted with anthropologist Marius Barbeau, who had traveled to British Columbia’s Skeena River with Edwin Holgate and A.Y. Jackson in 1926. Barbeau encouraged MacLeod, Anne Savage and Florence Wyle to travel to the Skeena and Nass regions to record First Nations totem poles and community houses, as they were fast disappearing. Documentation varies as to whether Barbeau only encouraged MacLeod to go, or actually traveled with her and Wyle. In 1927, MacLeod went west to Alberta, where she painted First Nations subjects – accounts also vary as to whether she reached the Skeena in this year, but all agree on a 1928 trip. Her work was included in the seminal Exhibition of Canadian West Coast Art - Native and Modern, organized by Barbeau and director Eric Brown at the National Gallery of Canada late in 1927. In this striking aerial view of the Skeena River, the landforms are treated in a sculpted, semi-abstracted manner. The light is brilliant, and her palette is rich – particularly the milky green of the river. Skeena Landscape is a bold, modern work by this important early Canadian artist.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

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