CSPWC G7 OSA RCA
1890 - 1945
La Cloche / Windswept Farm (verso)
double-sided oil on board
on verso inscribed "OS F-1 / 156" (circled) and stamped with the estate stamp
10 x 12 in 25.4 x 30.5 cm
Estate of the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto
Franklin Carmichael’s discovery of La Cloche was a consequential moment in his artistic life. His first visits there were as early as 1924, and after a decade of regular sketching trips, he designed and oversaw the construction of a small cabin on Cranberry Lake in 1935. Carmichael was entranced by the light effects emanating from the distinctive white quartzite of the La Cloche Mountains and by their rolling expanse of unspoiled wilderness. He seemed to find in this terrain an expression of the physical and spiritual grandeur he sought, and this region inspired many works such as this one until his death in 1945. His passing came when he was just 55 and still at the height of his powers, so there is no late-period drop-off in the quality of Carmichael’s output. Since he also maintained full-time work in either commercial design or teaching, he produced far fewer works than many of his peers. Due to his demanding but fair nature with regard to all things, including himself, his resulting body of work was one of both quality and rarity.
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