Artwork by Sarah Margaret Robertson,  Spring at the Lake
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #33

Sarah Robertson
Spring at the Lake

oil on board
12 x 8.75 ins ( 30.5 x 22.2 cms )

Estimated: $15,000.00 - $18,000.00

Provenance:
Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto
Masters Gallery, Calgary
Private Collection
Literature:
A.K. Prakash, Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women Artists, for a larger version of this subject “Autumn in the Laurentians” (circa 1935), reproduced page 310
Evelyn Walters, The Women of Beaver Hall: Canadian Modernist Painters, Toronto, 2005, pages 93-94
A member of the Beaver Hall Group, Robertson first trained under William Brymner and Maurice Cullen at the Art Association of Montreal. Unlike some of her Beaver Hall colleagues, Robertson did not travel to train at the European schools of art, and instead honed her practice at home.

Evelyn Walters writes, “Idyllic childhood days at the family country house, frequent visits with her close friend Prudence Heward at Fernbank, with Nora Collyer in the Eastern Townships, and with family friends in Stowe, Vermont, inspired her work. There were often sketching trips with A.Y. Jackson, Heward, Seath, and Collyer to the Laurentians, the Lower St. Lawrence region, or to Nova Scotia.” Robertson was able to find inspiration in a variety of locales and captured each destination with vibrant colour and fluid form.
Sale Date: May 28th 2019

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Sarah Margaret Robertson
(1891 - 1948) Beaver Hall Group, Canadian Group of Painters

Born 1891, in Montreal, Sarah Robertson received a Wood Scholarship and began her art studies at the Art Association of Montreal in 1910. There she studied under William Brymner and Maurice Cullen and fellow Wood Scholarship winner, Randolph Hewton. She exhibited at the AAMs annual Spring Exibition for the first time in 1912. She became fast friends with fellow AAM student, Prudence Heward, spending time each summer at the Hewards summer home on the St.Lawrence River. The two young artists sketched together and were often joined by other artists, including close friend, A.Y. Jackson. Sarah became a member of the Beaver Hall Group, and kept the women artists together after the original group disbanded. Jackson recognized her status as unofficial leader of the group, encouraging her to, Stir your gang on!.
She won the Womens Art Society Scholarship twice,in 1919 and 1923 and exhibited for the first time at the Royal Canadian Academys annual exhibition in 1920. She traveled to Bermuda with Nora Collyer on a sketching trip at the end of the 1920s. She became a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters in 1933 and participated in a three woman show with Prudence Heward and Isabel McLaughlin the following year. As she was unable to afford a studio for most of her career, she was often forced to work under less that favourable conditions. However, she was pleased to have her paintings represented in the collection of important Canadians such as the Hon. Vincent Massey, H.S. Southam, and A.Y. Jackson. Robertsons work was also included in international exhibitions abroad, including Wembley, England. In 1940, she participated in a four woman exhibition at Art Associan of Montreal, together with Prudence Heward, Anne Savage, and Ethel Seath. When Prudence Heward died in 1947, she was called upon to help organize her Memorial Exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Her own health had begun to decline and she died in December of 1948. Her paintings are represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts