Artwork by Edwin Headley Holgate,  Laurentian Lake, Autumn
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #8

Edwin Holgate
Laurentian Lake, Autumn

oil on panel
signed with initials lower left; signed and titled on the reverse
8.5 x 10.5 ins ( 21.6 x 26.7 cms )

Estimated: $30,000.00 - $40,000.00

Provenance:
Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Calgary
Literature:
Dennis Reid, Edwin H. Holgate, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1976, page 22
A landscape painter, portraitist, muralist, printmaker and illustrator, Edwin Holgate most often found his subjects in the province of Quebec. The artist loved the outdoors and had always been interested in depicting the wilderness of the Laurentians. He built a cabin at Lake Tremblant in 1925, but later sold the property to purchase a nine-acre piece of land in Morin Heights, where he settled with his wife Frances in 1946. Though the artist was highly regarded for both figural and landscape works, following their move to the Laurentians he naturally gravitated more firmly toward the breathtaking nature that surrounded him.

In “Laurentian Lake, Autumn” the warm light of an autumn day permeates the canvas, accentuating Holgate’s bold and evenly-toned use of colour in the lake and foliage. The artist was particularly interested in the periods of rapid change of the Canadian landscape between seasons, such as melting snow or the autumn foliage. Holgate illustrates this phenomenon in this work, demonstrated in the contrast between the bare branches in the tree of the foreground with the green and yellow leaves of the forest across the lake. Reid describes the artist’s Laurentian works as “among the most sensual of his works, they reveal across every inch of their surfaces the long hours of concentration that have brought to them the gentle glow of life.”
Sale Date: May 28th 2019

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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.