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June 09, 2022 at 8:00 pm ET

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Lot 4

JOE NORRIS (1924-1996)

JOE NORRIS (1924-1996)
Lot 4 Details
JOE NORRIS (1924-1996)


oil on board
signed; titled and dated to gallery label on the reverse
42 ins x 23 ins; 106.7 cms x 58.4 cms

Estimate $6,000-$8,000

Realised: $26,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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JOE NORRIS (1924-1996)
  • JOE NORRIS (1924-1996)
  • JOE NORRIS (1924-1996)
  • JOE NORRIS (1924-1996)
  • JOE NORRIS (1924-1996)

Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, ON;
Private collection, Montreal, QC


This fine, early Nova Scotia seascape by Joe Norris was acquired from Toronto’s Mira Godard Gallery by its astute and distinguished collector when Norris’s and Maud Lewis’ work was collected as part of a vogue for folk art in the 1970s and early 1980s. As always, time and the intervening decades helped separate the wheat from the chaff. The artists’ works assumed a larger place in the history of Canadian representational painting while losing none of the directness and singularity that first distinguished them to discerning collectors.

The accomplishment and significance of Two Schooners at Sea is underlined by its history in a collection that also included major image-based works by Greg Curnoe and Lynn Donoghue, and abstractions by Charles Gagnon. Notwithstanding that, Two Schooners at Sea is successful because of its direct harmony. The image of the schooners, the briny sea and whitecaps, gulls, rocks, and lighthouse evoke Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada as a state of mind more than as a description of a place. Two Schooners at Sea is a complete ensemble in its painted frame decorated by the artist and with its size and scale has the boldness of few contemporary works.


Scattered accretions on painting. Some areas of loss and accretion on frame area. Overall good condition.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.


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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