William Kurelek “A Bolt Like That” – Spring Live Auction of Important Canadian & International Art (June 8th at 4 pm EDT)

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William Kurelek was a skilled storyteller, whose work provides his insight related to a wide variety of personal subjects which often focused upon his life, heritage, and religion. Kurelek’s most celebrated compositions continue to be those which reflect his upbringing and memories of life on the farm. The painter’s work explored both the tender and… Read more »

Arthur Lismer “A September Gale, Georgian Bay”, 1921 – Spring Live Auction of Artwork from An Important Private Collection (June 8th at 7 pm EDT)

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The outbreak of war in 1914 proved devastating to Toronto’s graphic art industry where most of the future members of the future Group of Seven earned their livings. In the fall of 1916 Arthur Lismer left for Halifax to teach at the Victoria School of Art. The Halifax period proved to be productive, but he… Read more »

Paul Peel “The Young Gleaner” – Spring Live Auction of Artwork from An Important Private Collection (June 8th at 7 pm EDT)

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Paul Peel spent much of the summer of 1887 in the French fishing port of Étaples-sur-mer, Pas-de-Calais, site of a colony of international artists. It was in Étaples that he found local girl, Marie, who became a favoured model for a series of figure paintings completed in 1888. In this canvas, originally titled “The Young… Read more »

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté “Magdalena (Méditation)”, 1921 – Spring Live Auction of Important Canadian & International Art (June 8th at 4 pm EDT)

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Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté had a long practice of studying the female model, a rare subject matter for painters of the period. In 1921 the artist presented Magdalena for sale at $2,000, an unprecedented amount. The artwork was well received by Montreal critics at the time. The curled up position of the woman challenged the stereotypical excellence of… Read more »

Fernando Botero “The Kitchen” – Spring Live Auction of Important Canadian and International Art (June 8th)

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Fernando Botero is a celebrated Colombian artist renowned for his paintings and sculptures that explore and experiment with the proportion and size of humans and animals. The artist’s tactile and sensual approach to the representation of rotund, whimsical figures in his paintings is a hallmark of his singular style. Consistently manipulating space and perspective, Botero… Read more »

Emily Carr “Kitwancool”, circa 1928

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During the 1912 Northern British Columbia travels which would result in Emily Carr’s early paintings of Indigenous subjects, the artist was unable to visit the village of Kitwancool because the Gitsxan people had little time for outsiders in their community. However, in 1928, Carr was able to visit Kitwancool. Discussing her visit to the village, Carr said: “The thought of those… Read more »

Chefs-d’œuvre du Québec 

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Vente en direct du printemps: une importante collection d’art privée La vente aux enchères printanière comprend une sélection fantastique d’œuvres d’art par des artistes québécois de sujets québécois. L’un des lots phares est un portrait d’un colon d’Athabaska par Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté. Tel que décrit par Laurier Lacroix : “La sobriété du traitement de… Read more »

INVITATION TO CONSIGN TO THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SPRING LIVE AUCTION OF IMPORTANT CANADIAN ART

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For ten years, Cowley Abbott has been a market leader in the sale of Canadian and International art through auction and private sale. Following our record-breaking auctions of 2022, we are seeking consignments for inclusion in our upcoming sales, including the Spring Live Auction of Important Canadian Art on June 8th at Toronto’s Globe & Mail. … Read more »