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LOT 124

Franklin Carmichael
1890 - 1945

After the Shower
oil on board
signed and dated 1923 and on verso signed, titled, inscribed "Afternoon: (crossed out) / $35 / Lansing / OS 91" and with a graphite sketch and stamped Estate of Franklin Carmichael
10 x 12 in 25.4 x 30.5 cm

Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000

Sold for: $79,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Estate of the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

Megan Bice and Mary Carmichael Mastin, Light and Shadow: The Work of Franklin Carmichael, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1990, listed page 116, and a similar 1923 oil entitled Rock and Sky reproduced page 35

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Light and Shadow: The Work of Franklin Carmichael, May 4 - August 6, 1990, traveling in 1991 to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; and the Art Gallery of Windsor, catalogue #27

Like other members of the Group of Seven such as A.J. Casson, Franklin Carmichael polished his design skills in his work as a commercial artist at the well-known firms of Grip Ltd. and Sampson Matthews Limited. Not only a fine painter, Carmichael was a superb watercolourist, co-founding the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. In the years following the Group of Seven’s first exhibition in 1920, Carmichael’s vision of the landscape was honed to crystal clarity. On his sketching expeditions, he found himself drawn to rugged terrain and panoramic views from the heights of rock formations in Ontario’s wilderness, such as Lake Superior and the La Cloche Mountains. His portrayal of massive landforms, such as the rocky promontory we see here, roots us in the strength of the land, then releases our imagination to soar through the brilliant cerulean sky and the drifting, lofty cloud formations with their illuminated edges. In this exceptional Group period oil sketch, the interplay of these opposite sensations of earth and air creates the feeling of euphoria that one seeks in the experience of nature.

Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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