LOT 207

1904 - 1974

Blue Cloth and Blue and White Jug
oil on board
signed and on verso titled, dated 1968 - 1969 on the gallery label and inscribed with the Goodridge Roberts Inventory #1991
12 x 16 in, 30.5 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000 CAD

Sold for: $8,125

Preview at:

Galerie Timothy Roberts Inc., Montreal
The Joan Stewart Clarke Collection, Vancouver

Robert Ayre and Alfred Pinsky, Goodridge Roberts: A Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Canada, 1969, page 16

Goodridge Roberts was known for his landscapes, portraits and exceptional still lifes. Roberts had studied still life painting with Max Weber in New York, and when he was back in Montreal, the subject became a lifelong pursuit in his work. In this vibrant painting, saturated colour and Roberts’s expressionist brush-strokes create an energy that is exhilarating. The painter created the arrangements for his still lifes in his studio from simple objects that were readily available to him, and his paintings are infused with an atmosphere of solitude and contemplation. Deceptively casual, paintings like this show Roberts’s awareness of the still life paintings of Paul Cézanne, especially in the tipped-up perspective of the tabletop. Fruit and flowers were among his favourite motifs, and the simplicity of his arrangement makes each element resonate. Roberts suspends gravity and perspective, as each object appears to float in a two-dimensional space. Finally – colour! The gorgeous cobalt-blue cloth, dark emerald plate, hot orange and yellow fruit, and the reddish-orange flowers are intoxicating. Roberts was a poetic painter. As Robert Ayre wrote, for him, the act of painting was “the physical contact of the dreamer – the sleepwalker, as Jacques de Tonnancour called him – with life.”

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Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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