First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019

LOT 39

Lot 39


Lot 39 Details
SHEOUAK PETAULASSIE (1923-1961), E7-816, Cape Dorset


stencil print
1960, 36/50
21 x 12 in — 53.3 x 30.5 cm

Estimate $2,500-$3,500

Realised: $5,280
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


a California private collection


Walruses are much more graceful in the water than they are on land. They swim in much the same way that seals do, propelling themselves forward with sinuous body movements. Sheouak has created the most elegant image of walruses that we can recall seeing. There is something almost balletic about the way these three huge animals float, seemingly weightless and carefree. The different treatment of their bodies above and below the waterline is brilliantly executed by the master printmaker Iyola.

Reference: this image is illustrated in the National Museum of Man travelling exhibition catalogue The Inuit Print (NMM, 1977) p. 64; also in James Houston, Eskimo Prints (Longman, 1971) p. 52.

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LOT 39

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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