Introducing our Spring Canadian & International Fine Art Auction

By: Waddington's Staff

Lot 16 – Jean Paul Lemieux (1904-1990), LA JEUNE FILLE AU VOILE BLEU, CA. 1962, oil on canvas; signed lower left; titled to upper strainer bar verso. 40.5 x 20.75 in — 102.9 x 52.7 cm. Estimate $150,000-$200,000

Waddington’s is thrilled to present our major spring fine art auction assembled by our Canadian and International art departments.

Our cover lot for this Spring’s auction is Jean Paul Lemieux’s La jeune fille au voile bleu, circa 1962, an excellent example of the artist’s work, fresh to market, which will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné compiled by Michèle Grandbois. Another standout painting from Quebec is Yves Gaucher’s Bonne fête, Raga, 1967, which is accompanied by an essay written by Roald Nasgaard.

We invite you to take a closer look at lot 50 in this auction, a rare album containing 66 original watercolours, oils and drawings which we believe to have belonged to Anne McCord, the mother of David Ross McCord, the founder of the McCord Museum in Montreal. Included in the album are works by noted early Canadian artists including Cornelius Krieghoff, Otto Reinhold Jacobi, and James Duncan, as well as by lesser-known artists including Anne McCord herself.

Collectors of classic Canadian works will enjoy a major canvas by A.J. Casson, Sun After Rain, 1959, as well as other paintings by artists including A.Y. Jackson, Cornelius Krieghoff, Franz Johnston, P.C. Sheppard, Bertram Booker, and Alexandra Luke. Selections from First Nations artists include three works with excellent provenance by Norval Morrisseau, a large-scale painting by Roy Thomas, and a watercolour by Alex Janvier.

International works in this auction include several paintings from the dynamic decade of the 1980s, including Pressure Compact, 1987, by Jules Olitski, Untitled, circa 1980 by Kwon Young-Woo, and Sleeping Goddess, a 1983 triptych by Norman Bluhm. Collectors of more representational subjects will enjoy the romantic The New York Clipper – Challenge by Montague Dawson, a snowy scene by Józef Bakoś, and a wonderfully evocative pastel by Léon Lhermitte.

We hope you enjoy this auction as much as we have enjoyed working with our clients to bring it together. A sincere thank you to our consignors from around the world, and a big hello to our bidders – we look forward to connecting with you this season and onwards into 2024!

About the auction

Held online from May 24-29, 2024, our spring auction of Canadian and International Fine Art brings together exceptional work from around the world. This auction features celebrated Canadian artists such as Cornelius Krieghoff, A.Y. Jackson, P.C. Sheppard, A.J. Casson, Bertram Booker, Alexandra Luke, Jean Paul Lemieux and Yves Gaucher as well as important First Nations artists Norval Morrisseau, Roy Thomas and Alex Janvier. International highlights include work by Jules Olitski, Karel Appel, Kwon Young-Woo, Norman Bluhm, Józef Bakoś, Léon Lhermitte and Montague Dawson.

Previews will be available at our Toronto gallery, located at 275 King Street East, Second Floor, Toronto:

 Thursday, May 23 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
 Friday, May 24 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
 Saturday, May 25 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 Sunday, May 26 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 Monday, May 27 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
 Tuesday, May 28 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Or by appointment.

Please contact us to find out more.

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