Joyner Canadian Fine Art Auction

June 03, 2013

LOT 85
MARC-AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE, R.C.A.
  • MARC-AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE, R.C.A.
  • MARC-AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE, R.C.A.
  • MARC-AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE, R.C.A.
  • MARC-AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE, R.C.A.
  • MARC-AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE, R.C.A.

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MARC-AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE, R.C.A.

LE PORTAGEUR

bronze
signed, titled, dated 1922 and inscribed “Copyright Canada & U. States, 1922” and “Roman Bronze Works, New York”
height 15.75 ins; 39.4 cms

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $17,700
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Cote’s mastery of sculpture is clearly evident in “Le Portageur”, executed in 1922. It is an example of a group of sculptures by Suzor-cote that highlighted the difficult living conditions of the French-Canadian habitants and in particular the coureur des bois.

Laurier Lacroix notes that “The theme of the coureur des bois carrying a pack on his back first apprears in Suzor-Cote’s work as an illustration in the novel, “Maria Chapdelaine” (1916). There, Francois Paradis is shown in a winter setting at the edge of a forest, dragging a sledge and bent over with the weight of his load. In the sculpture, “Le Portageur” (cat.114), (fig.107), the coureur des bois packs on his back all the contents of his canoe to bypass river rapids.”

Literature:

Laurier Lacroix, “Suzor-Cote: light and matter”, Musee du Quebec, Quebec, 2002, page 269, illustrated.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Ontario.

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Medium: Sculpture
Signed