Canadian Fine Art Auction

May 29, 2017

LOT 48
NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON, R.C.A.
  • NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON, R.C.A.
  • NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON, R.C.A.
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  • NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON, R.C.A.

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NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON, R.C.A.

PAPOOSE

pastel
signed
12 ins x 9.75 ins; 30.5 cms x 24.8 cms

Estimate $12,000-$18,000

Realised: $26,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium

About artist/note:

When Nicholas de Grandmaison (1892-1978) was rendering his masterful and popular portraits of Native peoples in pastel and oil, it is easy to forget that photography was a well-established medium for this genre. Indeed, Yousuf Karsh’s Faces of Destiny was published in 1947 which makes the two artists contemporaries. Both artists tried to capture something of the unique character of their sitter though both ultimately and even inadvertently provide a documentary record of a generation.

The impact of photography on traditional painted portraiture was significant. While commissioned portraits declined, paradoxically this liberated de Grandmaison who could now choose who to paint and how. De Grandmaison’s skill in capturing the majesty of his native subjects, often adorned with the regalia of their position, has timeless appeal as these works continue to be assiduously acquired as are the diminutive pastels of charming little children, like this lot, for which he is equally well-known.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Ontario

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Signed