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LOT 73

Lot 73

ALEX JANVIER (b. 1935)

ALEX JANVIER (b. 1935)
Lot 73 Details
ALEX JANVIER (b. 1935), Anihsinape (Saulteaux, Dene Suline)


watercolour on paper
signed; titled and dated "July 2009" on the reverse
sheet 18 ins; 45.7 cms

Estimate $6,000-$8,000

Realised: $7,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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ALEX JANVIER (b. 1935)
  • ALEX JANVIER (b. 1935)
  • ALEX JANVIER (b. 1935)
  • ALEX JANVIER (b. 1935)

Private collection, Ontario


Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, 25 Nov 2016 - 17 Apr 2017


Featured prominently in Janvier’s 2016-2017 travelling retrospective, Sky Talk Read with its brilliant colour and circular composition was one of the centrepieces of the exhibition. Curator Michelle LaVallee notes that Janvier’s “Indigenous sensibility sees the world in a holistic and circular way.” Janvier is well known for his masterful use of the circular format, as evidenced here. One of his most recognized works is Morning Star-Gambeh Then’ (1993), a monumental circular mural painted on a dome inside the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.


Float mounted to backboard. Museum glass, Overall very good condition. Note that this painting has not been removed from its housing for inspection.

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LOT 73

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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