The Canada Auction Series: Inuit Art

May 27June 01, 2023
Auction begins to close at 7:00 pm ET

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LOT 129

Lot 129

Luke Anguhadluq ᓗᐅᒃ ᐊᒐᓴᓗ (1895-1982)

Luke Anguhadluq ᓗᐅᒃ ᐊᒐᓴᓗ (1895-1982)
Lot 129 Details
Luke Anguhadluq ᓗᐅᒃ ᐊᒐᓴᓗ (1895-1982), Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake)


coloured pencil and graphite drawing
signed in syllabics; disc number inscribed; unframed
sheet 23 x 29 in — 27.9 x 73.7 cm

Estimate $3,000-$4,000

Realised: $4,182
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Private Collection, Hamilton, ON


Closely related to Anguhadluq’s important print Geese in September, dated to 1972, the subject of birds in flight appears in several of the artist’s exceptional images into the 1980s, as in this original drawing by the artist dating circa 1976.

Anguhadluq is well known for his intentionality in the layout of his compositions, evident here in the slightly off-kilter symmetry of the geese and qamutiiks (sleds). The composition seems to suggest that the viewer may be seeing one corner of a triangular formation of geese flying over the tundra. Notable is the uncommon consistency of perspective—the visible tops of the heads of the geese and bird’s eye view of the qamutiiks below.

One of four drawings in this auction by Anguhadluq, the present work is exceptional both for its condition and delightful vibrancy of colour.


Overall very good condition. Some handling dents and small accretions. Soft fold at bottom right corner.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

LOT 129

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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