Canadian Fine Art Auction

May 26, 2014

LOT 82

Lot 82


Lot 82 Details


acrylic on canvas
signed and dated ‘81
34 ins x 28 ins; 86.4 cms x 71.1 cms

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $15,340
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


The Shayne Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal


Bob Boyer, Carol Podedworny and Phillip Gevik, Odjig: The Art of Daphne Odjig, 1960-2000, Key Porter Books, Toronto, 2001, page 17.


Daphne Odjig’s attraction to the cubist style is evident in The Four of Us.  In remarking on Cubism, Odjig asserted that her enjoyment of the style stemmed from its "disregard for perspectival space, its skewing of the elements and relationships of reality, and its central compositional structure."  The same quotation could serve as a description for this work.  So blended are the shapes and colours that comprise the figures, the house and the tree, that the viewer can scarcely delineate the forms from one another. This intentional mixture and fusion, coupled with black outlines and opaque colours, is resonant with the interconnective lines present in sacred pictographs.  Often associated with the New Woodland School, Odjig’s works offer a powerful counterpoint to the paintings of Norval Morrisseau.  In The Four of Us, primary palettes are abandoned for beige tones and blues that evoke the warmth of family and of the home. 


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LOT 82

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  • 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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