Inuit Art Auction

November 09, 2009

LOT 115
KENOJUAK ASHEVAK (1927-)
  • KENOJUAK ASHEVAK (1927-)

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KENOJUAK ASHEVAK (1927-), E7-1035, Cape Dorset

WOMAN WHO LIVES IN THE SUN

stonecut
(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

About artist/note:

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.

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Settlement: Cape Dorset, Cape Dorset / Kinngait
Signature: Disc Number
Works on Paper: Stonecut