Canadian Art Online Auction

March 05, 2015

LOT 40

Lot 40


Lot 40 Details


oil on masonite
18 ins x 15 ins; 45.7 cms x 38.1 cms

Estimate $950-$1,000

Realised: $900
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Marthe Rakine studied as a student at the Ontario College of Art. Her initial specialization, that of a ceramicist, is evident in the supple, rounded forms created by Rakine’s brushstrokes in Jade Plants. In Rakine’s works, it is not the subject that is most important, it is the quality of the rendering. As are the majority of her paintings, Jade Plants, is filled with light and colour. Rakine’s personal life has been spotted with mystery and intrigue: Born in Russia, she eventually settled in Paris. During her time in Toronto, she participated in many group shows before achieving her first solo endeavour at Hart House (University of Toronto) in 1951. Since 1982, Rakine has had no known contact with the outside world.


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LOT 40

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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