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LOT 67

Lot 67

DAPHNE ODJIG (1919-2016)

DAPHNE ODJIG (1919-2016)
Lot 67 Details
DAPHNE ODJIG (1919-2016), Nishnaabe-Neshnabe (Odawa-Potawatomi)


acrylic on canvas
signed and dated '77; titled on the reverse; also titled to gallery labels on the reverse
28 ins x 24 ins; 71.1 cms x 61 cms

Estimate $12,000-$18,000

Realised: $28,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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DAPHNE ODJIG (1919-2016)
  • DAPHNE ODJIG (1919-2016)
  • DAPHNE ODJIG (1919-2016)
  • DAPHNE ODJIG (1919-2016)
  • DAPHNE ODJIG (1919-2016)
  • DAPHNE ODJIG (1919-2016)

Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON;
Private collection, Toronto, ON;
Gallery Gevik, Toronto, ON;
Private collection, Ontario


Although Odjig experimented freely with her style, it is always recognizable. Cubism and Surrealism influenced her work, and while the composition with its implication of interconnectedness and cosmological layers is distinctly Nishnaabe-Neshnabe, Picasso’s touch can be felt in They Tell Us Many Things—particularly in the face of the uppermost figure.

In addition to her tremendous contributions as a visual artist, Odjig, often referred to as the ”Grandmother of Indigenous Art,” is remembered for her mentorship and support of a multitude of younger artists. They Tell Us Many Things showcases such a transfer of knowledge, perhaps between generations, or perhaps between the realms of the supernatural and the terrestrial.

This painting was purchased at the Jack Pollock Gallery when it was located on Scollard Street, Toronto, Ontario.


Overall very good condition.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

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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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