Canadian Fine Art
May 29 — June 03, 2021
Auction begins to close at 8:00 pm ET
FREDERIC MARLETT BELL-SMITH, O.S.A., R.C.A.
Private Collection, Windsor, ON
Bell-Smith: Three Generations, Coburg Art Gallery, Coburg, ON, 15-29 November 1969
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith spent many happy days painting on the shores of Lake Mazinaw while staying at the Bon Echo Inn during trips he would make from 1911 until his death in 1923. This gave him ample opportunity to study the changing view of Mazinaw Rock as the sun moved across the sky over the course of the day.
Bell-Smith’s painting shows the west-facing rock in the early hours as the sun rises behind it to burn off the blue haze of morning fog on the lake. Tiny wisps of charcoal grey paint and carefully placed white dots indicate a boat and its occupants. They also show the calmness on the lake and help to demonstrate the magnificent scale of the well-known rock formation recorded by some of Canada’s best painters and enjoyed to this day by visitors to Bon Echo Provincial Park.
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