Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
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JAMES WILSON MORRICE, R.C.A.
Lot 10 Details
JAMES WILSON MORRICE, R.C.A.
AUTUMN IN PARIS, CA. 1894
oil on wood panel
unsigned, with Studio Stamp on the reverse; also inscribed verso: "344" (in Studio Stamp, Scott Inventory), "#56" (in a rectangle, perhaps F.R.
Heaton Inventory); more recent: “STB695"; “No7443"
6 ins x 3.8 ins; 15.2 cms x 9.7 cms
Wm Scott & Sons (estate of the artist);
Continental Galleries, Montreal, QC;
Sold to Mrs. Marion Doig, Brandon MB, 8 June 1949;
Christie’s (Montreal, QC), 2 May 1973, lot 93B;
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal, QC;
The Art Emporium, Vancouver, BC, 20 May 1978, No. 4072;
Peter Pocklington, Edmonton, AB;
Hett Gallery, Edmonton, AB inv. HGA539, from Pocklington;
Sold to Tibor Takacs, Toronto, ON 13 May 1981;
Private Collection, Toronto, ON
Brandon Art Club - Fine Arts Collections, Brandon, MB, Mar 1949
Morrice’s “Autumn in Paris” was painted as a pair with “Paris Scene, Early Spring”, around 1894. Both have sometimes been catalogued as having been painted in 1907, however, Lucie Dorais, one of the foremost scholars and compiler of the catalogue raisonné for the artist, notes that this is erroneous, and that the circa 1894 date is correct. The two paintings were kept together until 1981, when they were sold separately by the Hett Gallery.
While in Paris, Morrice made the acquaintance of American painter Maurice B. Prendergast (1859-1924). Morrice would introduce him to English avant-garde artists Walter Sickert and Aubrey Beardsley. Dorais notes that both artists used similar sized wood panels during their time in Paris, another link with Prendergast’s work at the time.
We would like to thank Lucie Dorais for her research and contributions to this essay.
Very good condition.
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