Wind Clouds a 41×51 centimeters painting by J.E.H. MacDonald took the largest bid at the Sotheby’s Canada Auction in Toronto. The purchaser paid $589.000, quadrupling the initial estimated price. This painting was first exhibited in 1920 during the first Group of Seven exhibition at what was then the Art Museum of Toronto.
This Group of Seven first exhibition, is seen as a landmark event in the evolution of Canadian culture and identity, and this painting was “the first from that historic event to come to auction in many years. Moreover, it is one of MacDonald’s great canvases that has somehow eluded publication or exhibition almost ever since. For their debut as a dedicated band of visionaries, each member of the Group was likely to have chosen examples of their best work. This was a picture that MacDonald himself favoured, clearly, and one that was admired by his fellow artists”. Sotheby’s auction catalogue had stated ahead of the sale.
Works by other members of the Group of Seven also did well at the art auction, which took place at the Royal Ontario Museum. Forest Interior by Emily Carr, Algonquin Birches by Lawren Harris and October, Maple Lake by A.J. Casson, were other Group of Seven’s Works favored during this auction.
J. E. H. MacDonald (1873-1932) was a member of the famous Group of Seven Canadian Artists in the 1920’s. The works from this group were highly influenced by European Impresionists. The canvases by J.E.H. MacDonald are known for his rich colored landscapes of Canada with bold treatments. more
(Source: Postmedia News)
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