Famous Emily Carr painting shows up at Calgary auction
Watercoloured work priced at $300,000 to $350,000
A piece of art from one of the most famous artists in Canadian history could end up in the hands of one Calgarian.
Emily Carr established herself as one of Canada's most famous artists with her depictions of native life on Canada's West Coast.
She died at the age of 73 on March 2, 1945, at her home in Victoria, B.C.
Her work now hangs in museums and prestigious art galleries around the world, and now, a piece has landed in Doug Levis’s hands.
He runs an auction business that has been selling fine art for 20 years and says it’s not often an Emily Carr piece turns up.
"This painting comes from a critical time period for her — 1928 was a trip where she went up to Skeena River and was painting the various indian villages in and around the area," Levis said, adding he got the art work from a consigner from Toronto. "I was very pleased that they offered it to me."
The watercolour painting is titled Kitseukla.
Monique Westra, a former curator at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum, says Carr was 57 years old when she did the painting.
"There's only one other water colour from this trip that is in the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, so it's a museum quality work, there's no question about it," Westra said.
Levis has the painting appraised at $300,000 to $350,000 but Westra says it could go for much more.
The auction is in Calgary on Nov.4.