Thursday, May 17, 2012
Untitled Thomson Find, Sells for $110,000
A painting bought at a Vancouver garage sale and believed to be by iconic Canadian artist Tom Thomson has been sold at auction for $110,000, considerably less than its estimated value.
The untitled oil painting, measuring just 28 centimetres by 21 centimetres, was expected to draw $250,000 or more in the auction at Maynards Fine Art and Antiques in Vancouver Wednesday night.
The buyer's identity has not been made public.
The garage-sale buyer, who also has remained anonymous, bought the Thomson oil painting, along with a watercBellringer estimated the value of the Thomson at between $150,000 and $250,000, but thought it would be sold for a higher price at auction.
The Thomson painting depicts a sunrise or sunset over a lake and hills, typical of many the artist did in Ontario's Algonquin Park before his death in 1917. He was considered a major influence on the 1920s' Group of Seven.
The value of the Varley watercolour, an impressionistic cityscape of Sheffield, England, was pegged between $4,000 and $7,000 and drew a sale price of $6,500 at the auction.olour sketch by Group of Seven artist Frederick Varley, for $100 and later took the paintings to Maynards for appraisal.
Maynards' director of Canadian and contemporary art at Maynards, Kate Bellringer, had a number of experts examine the paintings and the consensus was that the works were indeed painted by Thomson and Varley.
Extracted from the CBC News website. Please click here.
Fredericks-Artworks Blog, copying policy
The Canadian Copyright act, section 29 reports on fairdealing, that it is not an infringement to reproduce someone else's work for research, study, criticism, review or to report. Which pretty much sums up what this site is about. All content sources, be they artists, printed references, and website url's are respectfully identified on this site. http://http//www.canlii.org/en/ca/laws/stat/rsc-1985-c-c-42/latest/rsc-1985-c-c-42.html
A Portrait of the Visual Arts in Canada, is intended to celebrate the richness of Canada's visual arts, and to promote the arts in Canada.
Statement of Intent
I make every effort to credit the sources of information used in this blog and to obtain the permission and cooperation of all the works presented by living artists. I try, as much as possible to use works from public sources eg. national and provincial collections, of deceased artists. If for any reason, any artist disapproves of anything written about them or their work the artist is encouraged to request withdrawal of the content.