Canadian Fine Art Auction

May 25, 2015

LOT 58
JAMES EDWARD HERVEY MACDONALD, O.S.A., R.C.A.
  • JAMES EDWARD HERVEY MACDONALD, O.S.A., R.C.A.
  • JAMES EDWARD HERVEY MACDONALD, O.S.A., R.C.A.
  • JAMES EDWARD HERVEY MACDONALD, O.S.A., R.C.A.

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JAMES EDWARD HERVEY MACDONALD, O.S.A., R.C.A.

PETITE RIVIÈRE, NOVA SCOTIA, 1922

oil on board
signed “J. MacD”; also signed and titled in pencil on the reverse “Petite Rivière, N.S.“

8.5 ins x 10.5 ins; 21.6 cms x 26.7 cms
JAMES EDWARD HERVEY MACDONALD, O.S.A., R.C.A.
PETITE RIVIÈRE, NOVA SCOTIA, 1922

oil on board
signed “J. MacD”; signed and titled in pencil on the reverse “Petite Rivière, N.S. “


8.5 ins x 10.5 ins; 21.6 cms x 26.7 cms


Provenance:
Collection of A.C. Kenny, Toronto
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Green
Private Collection, Ontario

Exhibited:
J.E.H. MacDonald in Nova Scotia with Lewis and Edith Smith, Cat. no. 27
Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
INCOMPLETE

Literature:
Nancy E. Robertson, “Introduction”, J.E.H. MacDonald, R.C.A. 1873-1932, Art Gallery of Toronto, 1965, page 11-12.

Note:
Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia evidences a discipline initiated by MacDonald at this time and developed further with visits to Lake O’Hara in the mid-20s. Both locales presented MacDonald with new artistic challenges which required a simplification of his brushwork relative to the Algoma sketches which had come before. Nancy Robertson notes the artist’s more subdued approach and writes “In keeping with the simplicity of his subject and the subdued grey-blue of the sky and sea, he (MacDonald) restrained his handling.” She continues: “The simplicity of nature’s design without the distractions of brilliant colour and lively brush-work was revealed.”

MacDonald was in Petit Riviere in July 1922.

Estimate: $20,000–30,000

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $16,520
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

Petite Rivière, Nova Scotia evidences a discipline initiated by MacDonald at this time and developed further with visits to Lake O’Hara in the mid-1920s. Both locales presented MacDonald with new artistic challenges which required a simplification of his brushwork relative to the Algoma sketches which had come before. Nancy Robertson notes the artist’s more subdued approach and writes: “In keeping with the simplicity of his subject and the subdued grey-blue of the sky and sea, he (MacDonald) restrained his handling.” She continues: “The simplicity of nature’s design without the distractions of brilliant colour and lively brush-work was revealed.”

MacDonald was in Petite Rivière in July 1922.

Literature:

Nancy E. Robertson, “Introduction,” J.E.H. MacDonald, R.C.A. 1873-1932, Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, 1965, pages 11-12.

Gemey Kelly and Scott Robson, J.E.H. MacDonald. Lewis Smith, Edith Smith, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, 1990, page 37, cat.no.27 reproduced.

Provenance:

Collection of A.C. Kenny, Toronto
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Green, s.l.
Private Collection, Ontario

Exhibited:

J.E.H. MacDonald in Nova Scotia with Lewis and Edith Smith, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, 1990, cat.no.27.