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LOT 153

Helen Galloway McNicoll
1879 - 1915

Farm Yard in Brittany
oil on canvas
on verso titled on the gallery label and stamped with the Studio Helen McNicoll estate stamp
10 x 13 in 25.4 x 33 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $25,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

A.K. Prakash, Toronto
Peter Ohler Fine Arts Ltd., Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver

Born into a wealthy family in Montreal, Helen McNicoll took classes at the Art Association of Montreal, then went abroad to study and travel in England, France and Italy. On one of her several visits to France, she stayed in Paris for three months and painted in the surrounding countryside. As a consequence of McNicoll’s exposure to the French Impressionists, her palette was transformed by their light-filled hues and emphasis on atmosphere. In her sketching trips to the French countryside, she was attracted to natural subjects such as these humble farm dwellings washed by the sun. To the right is a pile of hay, a subject made iconic by the French Impressionists, as in Claude Monet’s famous Haystacks. In Farm Yard in Brittany, McNicoll captures the warmth of the sun and the tranquility that pervades the scene. Her handling of the delicate interplay of light and shadow is assured, as is her fluid brushwork.
McNicoll died suddenly in England in 1915, at the height of her career. She is renowned as one of Canada’s finest Impressionist painters, and her rare and beautiful work is much sought after by collectors.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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