Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Is Canadian Art Tanking Out?

TORONTO - Celebrated pieces by Jean-Paul Riopelle and Tom Thomson failed to sell at the Sotheby's auction Thursday night.

A signed, untitled 1954 work by Riopelle, which had been estimated to sell at $800,000 to $1.2 million, remained unsold.

Meanwhile, Thomson's "Early Snow, Algonquin Park," which had an estimate of $450,000 to $650,000, also failed to sell after bidding stalled at $425,000.

The biggest seller of the night was "Trilliums and Trilliums" by David Brown Milne. It went for $278,500, including the buyer's premium.

A painting depicting the rugged Baffin Island landscape by Group of Seven member Lawren Harris sold for $163,500, but another Harris piece failed to find a buyer. And Emily Carr's "Forest Interior" sold for $71,500.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly identified Tom Thomson as a member of the Group of Seven and erroneously said a Thomson painting had sold.

To view Thomson's painting, "Detail of Early Snow, Algonquin Park, and to see the CP article in the Winnipeg Free Press, please click here.

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