Artwork by Edwin Headley Holgate,  Drying Fish, Mutton Bay, Quebec, 1932
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #26

Edwin Holgate
Drying Fish, Mutton Bay, Quebec, 1932

oil on panel
titled and dated 1932 on the gallery label on the reverse; also inscribed “Edwin Holgate did this sketch when he was in Mutton Bay, Quebec in the Summer of 1932” by Frances Holgate on a label
8.5 x 10.5 ins ( 21.6 x 26.7 cms )

Estimated: $40,000.00 - $50,000.00

Provenance:
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Calgary
Literature:
Dennis Reid, Edwin H. Holgate, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1976, page 17
Mutton Bay is a charming picturesque fishing village distinct for its out port style architecture. The houses of the village are a must-see for visitors with their unique brightly coloured, traditional wooden architecture. Holgate captures this aesthetic in the central green home which seemingly blends into the landscape in its bright green hues. Emphasis on form and harmonizing colour are integral to the scene to capture the personality of the village and the daily life of the fishing families.

Dennis Reid writes, “These landscapes from the early thirties were doubtless, in part, inspired by his connection at this time with the Group of Seven, but differ from the work of most of the Toronto-based painters in that they result from the pursuit of form rather than of line and pattern.” The stylized cloud forms are reduced to billowing simplified forms hanging low in the sky above the forested mountains of the bay. Shadows cast from the days sun over the houses and workers are articulated with impressionist colour tones accentuating the bright clear day Holgate had experienced. The tight composition imbues the viewer with a sense of quiet charm with its rich variety of form, control and celebration of colour.
Sale Date: November 23rd 2017

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Edwin Headley Holgate
(1892 - 1977) Group of Seven, RCA

Edwin Holgate was born in Allandale, Ontario. Holgate began his art education at the Art Association of Montreal studying under William Brymner who was also A.Y. Jackson's teacher. In 1920, some of the Brymner graduates found a large building on Beaver Hall Hill in Montreal that could serve as a number of studios. Over the years Holgate continued to be involved with the Beaver Hall Hill group. The artist continued his studies in Paris, returning to Canada at the outbreak of World War I. After the War, the artist returned to Paris with his new bride and remained there until 1922 when they returned to Montreal. Having studied figure painting in France, Holgate began a series of nudes in northern landscapes. Holgate was instrumental in the founding of the Canadian Society of Graphic Artists in 1925 and it was as a graphic artist that he first began to attract wide attention. Asked to join the Group in 1930, Holgate had by then established a reputation for his figure paintings and West Coast and Laurentian landscapes.