Artwork by Peleg Franklin Brownell,  Fishing from the Shore
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #53

Franklin Brownell
Fishing from the Shore

oil on canvas, laid down on board
signed lower right
13.75 x 17.75 ins ( 34.9 x 45.1 cms )

Estimated: $2,000.00 - $3,000.00

Provenance:
Private Collection, Ottawa
Literature:
A.K. Prakash, Impressionism in Canada: A Journey of Rediscovery, Stuttgart, 2015, pages 401 and 403
Internationally trained in the United States and France, Brownell’s work “followed strict Academic standards in the French tradition – drawing, composition, colour harmony, and expression - perfecting the union of content and form in his work.” With a keen eye for compositional balance, Brownell devoted two thirds of the composition to the lush cloud-filled sky of the bright day. The lightness of the rounded clouds hanging above the pastoral landscape references the French tradition of showcasing light atmosphere. Below the sky, two small figures can be seen wading by the river, fishing from the shore. Brownell often favoured depicting figures in a work state, whether baking, creating lace or taking photographs, to highlight the importance of the ritual of work. This universal theme tends to figure prominently in the artist’s body of work and is captured here in “Fishing from the Shore” with subtlety and weightlessness within the bright countryside.
Sale Date: May 29th 2018

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Peleg Franklin Brownell
(1857 - 1946) RCA, OSA

Franklin Brownell was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Academie Julian in Paris. He moved to Ottawa in 1886 to become the headmaster of the Ottawa Art School, which would later become the Art Association of Ottawa.

His work, which was characterized by a realism and based in impressionism, was greatly appreciated by his peers. He painted in the Gaspe, Algonquin Park, the Gatineau Hills and the West Indies where he vacationed. Fellow artist, A.H.Robinson remarked: "His canvases have a shimmering radiance of light, a subtle feeling for values and sound, capable craftsmanship." In 1900, he was awarded a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition. He was a member of the RCA, the OSA and was a founding member of the Canadian Art Club. In 1922, the National Gallery of Canada held a retrospective exhibiton of Brownell's work, a great honour.

Ref:
A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Vol.1, by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks, Ottawa, Revised and expanded, 1997