Inuit Art Auction

November 09, 2009

LOT 115

Lot 115


Lot 115 Details
KENOJUAK ASHEVAK (1927-), E7-1035, Cape Dorset


(yellow), 1960, artists proof 3
23.25" x 28.25" — 59.1 x 71.8 cm.

Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Realised: $27,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


In the Eskimo culture the sun is feminine, ‘belonging to woman’. In her very personal style, Kenojuak portrays a joyful woman wearing the classic chin tattoo. Arts of the Eskimo: Prints, Signum Press, Montreal, 1974, pg. 36

Note: In Inuit mythology the sun and the moon were originally a sister and brother who had an incestuous relationship. In her anguish at discovering the identity of her lover, the sister rushed out of the snow house carrying a brightly burning torch. She was followed by her brother, whose torch was extinguished as they rose to the sky, where she became the sun and he the moon. From: The Inuit Print, The National Museum of Man, Ottawa, 1977, pg. 58

Note: The drawing for this image was originally attributed to Kenojuak Ashevak, she told Dorothy Eber in 1973 that it in fact was by her late husband Johnniebo, a statement later repeated in 1977 to Terry Ryan.

Note: Half of this print edition was pulled in red, the other in yellow.


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LOT 115

About Condition Ratings

  • 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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