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LOT 103

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald
1873 - 1932

Mt. Goodsir from Odaray Bench (12 Miles Distant)
oil on board, circa 1925
on verso signed and titled twice
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

Sold for: $103,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Sir Gilbert Cochrane Stowe Wainwright, Order of the British Empire (1871 - 1954)
By descent through the family to the present Private Collection, Ontario

Lisa Christensen, The Lake O’Hara Art of J.E.H. MacDonald and Hiker’s Guide, 2003, page 37, the 1925 canvas Mount Goodsir, Yoho Park, in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, reproduced page 37, and a similar oil entitled Mount Goodsir from Odaray Bench Near Lake McArthur reproduced page 45

J.E.H. MacDonald first traveled to the Rockies in 1924, and he returned every year until 1930. He had already become accustomed to wilderness hiking and camping with his fellow Group of Seven members, and in the Rockies he clambered up goat paths and rough tracks, loaded with his sketching gear, to capture stunning views such as this. In MacDonald’s journal entry on August 30, 1925, he describes this scene: “A beautiful day. Fine clear morning. Later a few cirrus and in afternoon small cumulus. The peaks all clear. Made sketch of Goodsir in morning light. Mountains beautifully clear and delicate in colour. Had lunch in lee of big rock on Odaray Bench, the snowflakes all round and a delightful warmth and freshness, thought at height of being and enjoyed everything completely.” In this powerful oil sketch, MacDonald captures the rough muscularity of rocky shelves, steep mountain flanks and soaring peaks, bathed in a clear light that culminates in a greenish haze above the tips of Mount Goodsir. MacDonald’s elation and his sharpened awareness in these mountains are present in the glowing atmosphere.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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