LOT 038

William Kurelek
1927 - 1977

Newfie Woodsman Doffing Rainwear
mixed media on board
initialed and on verso titled and dated 1974 on the gallery label
10 x 8 1/2 in 25.4 x 21.6 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $49,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

The Isaacs Gallery Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

William Kurelek, Kurelek's Canada, 1975, page 21, reproduced page 20

In his book Kurelek’s Canada, the artist illustrates industry and culture as well as family life in a variety of communities from coast to coast. Newfie Woodsman Doffing Rainwear was used in this book to depict Newfoundland. In his description of this image, William Kurelek wrote, “Where I worked, the other woodsmen gave up during a downpour and returned to camp to play cards, but I bought a rubber rain outfit and set myself a twelve-hour a day work schedule, rain or shine...Rubber is clumsy and sweaty if you are working hard. One of the simplest joys comes when the sun finally breaks through the clouds and you can doff that rainwear and enjoy the relief of getting aired and cooled off.” An added element of Kurelek-style joy enlivens this work, found in the sense of reverence we see in the face of the woodsman as he looks towards the beam of sunlight that streams down on him through the trees.
This work is in the original frame made by Kurelek.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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