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LOT 007

Takao Tanabe
1926 -

Inside Passage 16/88: Dawn in Fraser Reach
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1988
46 x 73 in 116.8 x 185.4 cm

Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000

Sold for: $181,250

Preview at: PacArt, Toronto

Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

Ian M. Thom et al., Takao Tanabe, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2005, essay by Jeffrey Spalding, pages 133 and 134

Tanabe’s work has made a mark and takes its place among that by distinguished British Columbia artists such as Emily Carr, B.C. Binning, E.J. Hughes, Jack Shadbolt and Bill Reid. He pays respectful honour to predecessors who made a poignant impact upon the collective perception of the extraordinary spiritual qualities of his region. His works express a tender empathy with First Nations culture, relish splendid natural beauty and live in accord with the ever-present powerful forces of weather.
—Jeffrey Spalding
Fraser Reach is a section of Princess Royal Channel on the northern British Columbia coast. In this striking view, Takao Tanabe anchors both sides of his painting with dark and mysterious mountains, whose tree-clad flanks plunge into the deep channel of water. This large and impressive painting is more colourful than many of his coastal landscapes - dawn suffuses the sky with colour and tints the expanse of the channel, and a blue sky promises a day filled with light. Tanabe’s contemplative vision and his realist yet stylized expression of the wild coastal landscape in this radiant work make it extraordinary.

Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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