LOT 055

Jack Leonard Shadbolt
BCSFA CGP CSPWC OC RCA
1909 - 1998
Canadian

Garden in Green and Gold
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1957 and on verso titled, dated and inscribed "31E"
28 3/4 x 36 1/2 in 73 x 92.7 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $31,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

PROVENANCE
The Isaacs Gallery Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario

LITERATURE
Scott Watson, Jack Shadbolt, 1990, page 57


This gorgeous painting is from a pivotal time in Jack Shadbolt’s career, one in which he reveled in the sensual pleasures of colour. In 1956, Shadbolt took a year’s leave of absence to go to France, and after stopping in Paris, traveled to the south to the exotic Côte d’Azur. In the town of Menton he settled into a hedonistic way of life—the sea, the sun and the beautiful gardens entered his consciousness and his work, as he enjoyed his pure sensory self. He revealed his desire to transform in a letter: “I want to stay in this Mediterranean meaning. I have too much conscience – too much Gothic – too much Western social-minded sense of responsibility.”
In this radiant painting, fragments of the garden drift and glow across a colour field of golden orange and green, and the closer you look, the more hues are revealed – from pink to emerald. Shadbolt’s paint is textural, thick and rich, with built-up mosaic-like squares scattered through the background. In France, this West Coast modernist liberated a part of himself, and the results, as seen in Garden in Green and Gold, are spectacular.


Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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