Emily Carr canvas sells for $ 3 million at auction, with some key works unsold


Emily Carr’s 1939 Forest Scene, Thrown by the Wind.

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A mature canvas by Emily Carr raised more than $ 3 million at auction in Toronto, making it one of the most valuable works by the BC artist to hit the market.

The forest scene from 1939 Thrown by the wind in the virtual live sale of the Heffel art auction house on Wednesday for $ 3.1 million – roughly double its pre-sale estimate of $ 1.2 million to $ 1.6 million.

Another of Carr’s later compositions, 1937′s swirl, which she donated to the contemporary Lawren Harris, exceeded expectations with a sale of $ 2.3 million.

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According to Heffel, the two paintings are among the four most expensive Carr works ever to be sold at auction. All prices include auction house fees.

However, several festival tent lots from Heffel’s spring catalog flopped onto the auction block.

The well-known painting by Canadian artist Alex Colville from 1952 Girl on a piebald horse, valued at between $ 700,000 and $ 900,000, remained unsold.

Colvilles Dog and horse fared better with a hammer price of $ 541,250, within the presale estimate between $ 400,000 and $ 600,000.

Another big ticket that didn’t find a buyer was French artist Fernand Legerer Peinture imaginaire, valued at $ 1.5 million to $ 2 million.

Six of the eight offered works by Quebec abstractionist Jean Paul Riopelle were sold. But the large format Without tires, a mixed media triptych with a presale estimate of between $ 400,000 and $ 600,000, remains in the market.

A Heffel spokeswoman said there was post-auction interest in some of the pieces that did not meet their reserve prices, and more than 93 percent of the 92 works on offer were auctioned.

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It was also a record-breaking sale for two notable women in Canadian art.

A canvas from 1960 Terme de la Nuit by Rita Letendre, associated with Quebec’s Les Automatistes, sold for $ 289,250 – more than five times its pre-auction estimate.

There were also violent commandments A green pool, French River, Canada, by the British artist Frances Anne Hopkins, whose works are considered important testimonies to 19th century Canadian history. The piece, painted in 1864, sold for $ 193,250.

Heffel’s spring auction was streamed live from three separate salesrooms in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

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