The Art of Canada Auction (Canadian Art)

May 30, 2016

LOT 161
THOMAS DE VANY FORRESTALL, A.R.C.A.
  • THOMAS DE VANY FORRESTALL, A.R.C.A.
  • THOMAS DE VANY FORRESTALL, A.R.C.A.
  • THOMAS DE VANY FORRESTALL, A.R.C.A.

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THOMAS DE VANY FORRESTALL, A.R.C.A.

THE EAST ROOM, 1965

egg tempera on masonite
signed and titled on the reverse
30 ins x 36 ins; 76.2 cms x 91.4 cms

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $15,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium

About artist/note:

Tom Forrestall is a leading figure of High, or Magic, Realism in Canada. This genre became closely associated with Mount Alison through Forrestall, Alexander Colville and Christopher Pratt.

Paul Duval notes the medium of egg tempera is well suited to the “detailed and deliberate sort of realist paintings (Forrestall) was ambitious to produce.” Duval continues: “Like other realists, Forrestall has had to fight against a tide of abstract and pop art which was particularly strong during the 1960s.”

That Forrestall was the subject of a major retrospective and monograph in 2004, attests to the merit of that struggle.

Literature:

Paul Duval, High Realism in Canada, Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto / Vancouver, 1974, page 91.

Tom Smart, Tom Forrestall: Paintings, Drawings and Writings, Key Porter Books Limited, Toronto, 2004.

Provenance:

Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Biferali Fine Art, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

Exhibited:

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, cat. #4.

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Provenance: Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Toronto / Montreal, Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Signed