The Art of Canada Auction (Canadian Art)

May 30, 2016

LOT 37
NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON, R.C.A.
  • NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON, R.C.A.
  • NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON, R.C.A.
  • NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON, R.C.A.

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NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON, R.C.A.

PAPOOSE

pastel
11.5 ins x 8.75 ins; 29.2 cms x 22.2 cms

Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Realised: $13,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

De Grandmaison did not often title his portraits of women and children, preferring to label them generically as “Squaw” or “Papoose.” Belatedly, he realized the historical significance of recording the names of all his subjects, as he did for the Indian Chiefs he drew. Nonetheless, his portraits of children such as this lot were far from being stock types and were said to be so faithful to their subjects that, according to Dempsey, a relative might exclaim: “Ki-ai-yowww” or “it’s just like him (or her).”

Literature:

Hugh A. Dempsey, History in Their Blood, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver/Toronto, 1982, page 16.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Toronto

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art