Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
Auction begins to close at 7:00 pm ET
DAVID ALEXANDER COLVILLE, R.C.A
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB
Collectors of this work will be owning a piece that once hung in New Brunswick’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery; another serigraph in this edition is held by the National Gallery in Ottawa, gifted by Colville’s longstanding Toronto art dealer Mira Godard.
As in many of Colville’s scenes, the familiar produces the filmic. Here, the artist’s wife Rhoda is seen returning to bed. Presumably the lone foot peeking out from the covers is Colville’s own—a domestic self-portrait. Does the title allude to the artist asleep or to the possibility that Rhoda, the central figure in this composition, embarked on a hidden agenda before slipping silently back into bed? Writer and curator Ray Cronin notes that Colville “used images of himself and Rhoda in domestic settings to make powerful, complicated paintings that speak to fundamental truths and mysteries of human connection. How can we know anyone, even the person we have lived with for decades?”
Very good condition.
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