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LOT 050

Gordon Appelbe Smith
1919 - 2020

Pond Painting II
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso titled and dated 1998 on the gallery label
50 x 67 in 127 x 170.2 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

Sold for: $151,250

Preview at: PacArt, Toronto

Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Private Collection, Ontario

Gordon Smith’s 1990s Pond series was inspired by his visit to Claude Monet’s famous home and garden at Giverny in 1995. While Monet’s lush garden was cultivated, Smith’s series included natural West Coast forest pools and marshes—as seen here in this colourful depiction of skunk cabbage blooming through the shreds of snow still lying in the hollows. This pungent and vigorous plant blooms in coastal wetlands in early spring, illuminating the forest floor with flashes of bright yellow.
The 1990s was a prime time period for Smith – his painting, such as the Pond series, was exciting and vital, and in 1997 he was given a retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Pond Painting II is an outstanding example of his joyous response to his immediate environment as well as his exceptional skill in handling paint and colour. His depiction of soft mosses and curving, slender grasses and twigs is quite exquisite. Blue tones in the shadowed snow and touches of bright red and orange further enliven the surface of this natural forest garden.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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