Canadian Fine Art
May 29 — June 03, 2021
Auction begins to close at 8:00 pm ET
MOLLY LAMB BOBAK, R.C.A.
Acquired from the artist
Joyner Fine Art, 14 May 1990, lot 83
Private Collection, Toronto, ON
One of two equestrian-themed works in this auction (see lot 1 - Sybil Andrews, In Full Cry) , this painting likely depicts a day at the races at the Wilmot Downs racetrack in Fredericton, NB. Bobak’s daughter Anny stabled her horse at Wilmot Downs, and the artist made several scenes of the venue. Bobak had a lifelong affection for animals, having grown up on the family farm on the south shore of Burnaby Lake, BC.
Bobak’s interest in the work of the European modernists can be strongly felt in this canvas, particularly the energetic work of Edgar Degas. While Bobak’s work never leapt entirely into abstraction, Harness Racing shows the artist’s focus shifting from the more literal work from her wartime period into a more formal focus on line and colour. The jockeys and their horses are rendered using brief brushstrokes, reduced almost to a blur. Bobak explained to curator Joan Murray that she had “always been interested in informal movement—blowing wild flowers, parades, protests, crowds on the street, crowds anywhere; just as long as they turn into painting space in my head.”
The work is in excellent condition with no visible issues to report. Please note this work has not been examined out of the frame.
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