Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
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GEORGE AGNEW REID, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
Private Collection, Ontario
Reid’s focus on genre paintings fused European academic techniques with scenes excerpted from rural Canada, the backdrop of his own childhood. Reid often took a romantic view to scenes from the fledgling nation, well evidenced here by the woman waving to the male figure on his way to her door. Whether he is a relation or a stranger, Reid assuredly allows the viewer to fill in the blanks, a technique he was fond of using through his usage of enigmatic titles.
The protagonist in this watercolour bears a strong resemblance to the central figure in Reid’s The Call to Dinner, held in the permanent collection of the McMaster Museum of Art. Both women share a similar pose, one arm shading their eyes from the light—though the figure in this painting is depicted in what appears to be a more joyous moment of greeting.
Good/Very good condition.
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