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Cornelius David Krieghoff

Canada (1815 -  1872 ) Wikipedia® : Cornelius David Krieghoff
KRIEGHOFF Cornelius David A Moccasin Seller Outside The Artist’’’’s Studio

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Cornelius David Krieghoff - On The St. Maurice

Cornelius David Krieghoff - On The St. Maurice

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Provenance Walter H. Millen Esq. Private Collection, Canada Exhibited Casa Loma Toronto, “Catalogue of the Walter H. Milton Collection of Canadiana”, May-July 1938, no. 151. Condition Lined. Surface of painting is stable and slightly abraded. Under the UV light, scattered retouching throughout trees, addressing some previous paint loss. Cornelius Krieghoff (Canadian, 1815-1872) Born in Amsterdam in 1815, Cornelius Krieghoff learned painting and music from his father initially and then entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Germany about 1830. Krieghoff emigrated to New York and joined the United States Army in 1837, then moved to Montreal in 1840, where he started to work as an artist. Krieghoff is known for his paintings of Canadian landscapes and outdoor lives, and he regularly exhibited in L’’’’Art Francais in Montreal. His works were issued by Canada Post as stamps in 1972. Cornelius Krieghoff, On the St. Maurice, Oil on Canvas, 1854 Oil on Canvas Canada, 1854 ‘On the St. Maurice, Quebec’’’’ Signed and dated ‘C Krieghoff. 1854’’’’ Framed Dimensions: 15 x 19 in. (38 x 48 ¼) Good condition
Cornelius David Krieghoff - Indian Camp

Cornelius David Krieghoff - Indian Camp

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CORNELIUS KRIEGHOFF INDIAN CAMP oil on canvas 13 ins x 18.75 ins; 33 cms x 47.6 cms Provenance: Senator John Wilson, Ontario Edward Bayley, Toronto, nephew of Senator Wilson (by descent) Miss Geneva Jackson, Kitchener Carroll Fine Arts Limited, Toronto Kaspar Gallery, Toronto Private Collection, Toronto Exhibited: Exhibition of Cornelius Krieghoff, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1934
Cornelius David Krieghoff - The Indian Basket Seller

Cornelius David Krieghoff - The Indian Basket Seller

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CORNELIUS KRIEGHOFF THE INDIAN BASKET SELLER oil on canvas, laid down on board signed 11 ins x 9 ins; 27.9 cms x 21.6 cms Provenance: Private Collection, Ontario Literature: J. Russell Harper, Krieghoff , Key Porter Books, Toronto, 1999, page 126, Fig. 116 for a very similar work entitled The Indian Woman Basket Seller, reproduced in colour. Note: Harper writes: “During his years in Quebec City Krieghoff continued to paint Indians. Increasingly he viewed them romantically and at the same time he shrunk them into landscapes... Nevertheless, he continued (also) to paint small canvases of single Indian figures. Women in black hats wander up hills laden with great festoons of baskets (fig.116) or carry cradle boards as they pick their way through craggy mounds of ice cakes crossing the St. Lawrence in front of the city. They are reminiscent of the women in Montreal streets, but are infinitely more appealing as a result of increased details and unsurpassed craftsmanship.”
Cornelius David Krieghoff - A Moccasin Seller Outside The Artist’’’’s Studio

Cornelius David Krieghoff - A Moccasin Seller Outside The Artist’’’’s Studio

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Lot Description Cornelius David Krieghoff (1815-1872), or Martin Somerville (fl.1839-1856) A Moccasin seller outside the artist’’’’s studio (c.1849) [Marie of Montreal] oil on canvas laid down on board 13 ¼ x 9 3/8in. (33.6 x 23.8cm.) Lot Condition Report I confirm that I have read this Important Notice and agree to its terms. View Condition Report Pre-Lot Text KRIEGHOFF AND HIS FOLLOWERS Lots 305-321 Literature J. Russell Harper, Krieghoff, Toronto, 1979, p.x, illustrated in colour fig.3 (‘A Red Indian Woman outside the Artist’’’’s studio. late 1840s’’’’). D. Reid, Krieghoff, Images of Canada, Toronto, 1999, p.59, illustrated fig.5 (‘A red Indian woman outside the artist’’’’s studio, c.1849’’’’): ‘All [Krieghoff’’’’s] Native subjects seem to be from the period after the January 1847 exhibition, and none may date from before 1848. Natives were part of the life of Montreal, particularly Mohawks from the Caughnawaga (Kahnawake) Reserve on the south shore of the St Lawrence at Lachine, about eleven kilometres upriver from the city. Women from Caughnawaga brought basketry, beadwork, and other traditional fine women’’’’s work into Montreal to sell, and a painting of the period that has been attributed to Krieghoff, but may be by Somerville, shows such a vendor offering a pouch and highly decorated moccasins for sale in front of the building in which both artists had their studios.’’’’ View Lot Notes >
Cornelius David Krieghoff - Huron Hunters At Big Rock

Cornelius David Krieghoff - Huron Hunters At Big Rock

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Cornelius David Krieghoff 1815 - 1872 Canadian Huron Hunters at Big Rock oil on canvas on board circa 1860 signed 11 7/8 x 20 in 30.2 x 50.8cm Provenance: Acquired Theodore Doucet in Montreal, circa late 1800s By descent to the present Private Collection, USA Literature: Hughes de Jouvancourt, Cornelius Krieghoff, 1971, a similar oil entitled Indian Hunters Around a Fire, in the collection of The Public Archives of Canada, reproduced page 36 J. Russell Harper, Krieghoff, 1999, page 137 Cornelius Krieghoff’s great skill at creating complex genre scenes is clearly seen in this superb canvas. The native hunters are depicted taking their ease around the fire, under a striking large boulder known as Big Rock. Art historian Russell Harper notes, “One of Krieghoff’s greatest series of paintings, large in format, brilliantly coloured, and highly romantic, pictures Indians beside a huge boulder popularly known as the ‘Big Rock.’” Such scenes included the realistic and meticulous depiction of native dress and activities, and here he paints the distinctive moccasins, clothing, pipes and rifles of the hunters. Although their poses are natural, and their activity part of their lifestyle, these complex tableau scenes were carefully and artfully composed in the studio. Krieghoff created a natural stage for the group on the bank of the river backed by Big Rock - an enclosed and protected space. He also placed them in the greater landscape context by including a backdrop of an expansive view out to faraway misty mountains. In this scene is encoded a viewpoint of First Nations people as noble and free, unaffected by the artificialities of civilization, and living at one with the natural world. The bounty of nature is all around them, providing for their needs of food, shelter and clothing, easily taken by using their expert hunting skills. However, the challenges and discomfort of contending with the harsher side of nature were excluded from these romanticized scenes. Krieghoff was quite familiar with First Nations people, and from 1853 to 1863, when he was residing in Quebec City, met the Hurons at Lorette. Unlike the Mohawks of Caughnawaga, the men of Lorette continued their traditional hunting and trapping, and worked as guides for hunting and fishing parties. Krieghoff snowshoed with Huron guides to Lake St. Charles and was known to be a good hunter and marksman who could always pick up trails in the woods. One of his best friends was a Huron chief who spoke the traditional language of his people. Not only are paintings such as this fascinating for their depiction of First Nations people in early Canada, they are also virtuoso landscape paintings. Huron Hunters at Big Rock is painted with precise draughtmanship – from the minutiae of leaves and blades of grass to the moss-capped boulder, we perceive Krieghoff’s keen observational eye. His colour palette is rich, with glowing autumn hues in the trees, a turquoise sky and blue highlights in the rock. The natural splendour of this wild Quebec landscape is alluring. One can easily see how such images would have appealed to Krieghoff’s primary clients, the anglophone merchants and military men of Montreal and Quebec. While in Quebec City, Krieghoff mixed with well-off English residents; he fished, hunted and caroused with them. He was gregarious in nature and shrewdly practical. The cultivation of his clients allowed him to continue his life as an artist at a time when few others could. Military officers, some from well-known British families, acquired his work as reminders of their life in Canada. This work is an outstanding example of Krieghoff’s tableau paintings of First Nations peoples. Among the impressive collection of Krieghoff works in the Royal Ontario Museum is a similar oil entitled Indian Scouts at Big Rock. Huron Hunters at Big Rock possesses an excellent provenance that can be traced back generations to its original acquisition in Montreal by Theodore Doucet, a contemporary of Krieghoff. This rediscovered painting has been returned to Canada, and as it has remained in the same family, this is the first time it has been offered for sale since its original acquisition by Doucet.
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