MARC-AURÈLE DE FOY SUZOR-COTÉ, R.C.A.
Private Collection, France
Laurier Lacroix, Suzor-Coté: Light and Matter, Le Musée du Québec, Quebec, 2002, page 198, and page 199, cat.66 for a closely related work, reproduced in colour, and page 341, for the canvas related to this lot, entitled A Street in a Canadian Village, Winter, reproduced in colour.
This delightful pastel by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté (1869-1937) relates to a larger oil painting, currently in a private collection in Toronto, that had been widely exhibited to great acclaim shortly after it was painted in 1910. Known variously by the title shown here as well as Street in Arthabaskaville; Street Scene, Arthabaska and A Street in Arthabaska Winter, the painting received high praise from critics and colleagues alike when it was exhibited (first with the R.C.A. at their 32nd Annual Exhibition in Montreal in 1910, at the Salon of the Société des Artistes Français in Paris in 1911 and again with the R.C.A. in Ottawa in 1912). Specifically, viewers were impressed with the artist's expert handling of light and application of colour. Laurier Lacroix quotes Newton McTavish's opinion of the painting to which the lot is related: "this picture fairly scintillates with sunlight on snow and is a fine, sonorous collection of color." Similarly, this work, from a collection in France beautifully evinces the artist's mastery of colour and light.