Artwork by Frederick Simpson Coburn,  Logging in Winter

Frederick Coburn
Logging in Winter

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1929 lower left
25 x 31 ins ( 63.5 x 78.7 cms )

Sold for $5,900.00
Sale date: September 21st 2016

Private Collection, Toronto
Evelyn Lloyd Coburn, “F.S. Coburn: Beyond the Landscape”, Erin, Ontario, 1996, pages 76-77; pages 89-91 for similar compositions by the artist from 1929
Evelyn Lloyd Coburn speaks to Frederick Coburn's search for a central theme in his work, beginning with Quebec winter scenes, where the painter first focused upon the landscape itself, drawing parallels from Maurice Cullen and the members of the Group of Seven. The artist further developed his scenes, introducing figures into his landscapes, following the lead of celebrated artists including Cornelius Krieghoff, Clarence Gagnon and Horatio Walker. Taking a break from a painting session, Coburn's eye would catch a scene which would transform his work and introduce his signature style. “Coburn was painting in his Melbourne studio one day when he paused to gaze through the window at the winter scene beyond. Just then, along the country road, on its way to the sawmill at Kingsbury, came a team of horses hauling a load of logs neatly piled on a sledge. Though this was familiar sight, it had never before registered on Coburn's creative mind. In that sudden moment of realization he discovered what would become his central theme: the horses and sleighs of the rural Quebec winter.”

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Frederick Simpson Coburn
(1871 - 1960) RCA

Coburn was born and raised in Quebec. He studied in Montreal, New York, Berlin, London, and Antwerp. Part of his body of work includes book illustrations for poet Henry Drummond's "The Habitant". In 1927 he was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy. His work rests in many major institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery. He emulated Horatio Walker and had definite impressionistic tendencies.