Ref 02012100049598 Medium: Oil on wood Signed: Yes Artist: Emily Carr Title: House Upon a Hill Creation Date: 1898 Measurements: Height: 25, Width: 20, Depth: 1 inch Broad Media: Painting Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a Canadian artist recognized for her Modernist landscapes of forests, rolling hills, and mountain ranges. She is known to have drawn inspiration from the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast and was also published early chroniclers of life in British Columbia. During the course of her artistic career she was influenced by the Group of Seven, a group of preeminent Canadian landscape painters during the early twentieth century, and by the Pacific Northwest School, a group of artists based around Seattle, WA. Carr's works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., among others. The subject work is an early work by the artist featuring a stone bridge within a forest setting. It is executed with deliberately thick, crude brushwork in a palette largely restricted to tones of green and brown. It has been valued in relation to past auction sale prices of early examples by the artist. FAIR MARKET VALUE A valuation is not a certificate of authenticity of an artwork Fair market value is the price that property would sell for on the open market. It is the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. This value is available only for artists included in MutualArt.com database of auction houses. Minimum: 35000 USD Maximum: 55000 USD REFERENCES "Near Victoria, B.C" c. 1900-1910 Watercolor on paper 9 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches Levis Fine Art Auctions, Calgary,Alberta Presale estimate 15,000 - 25,000 CAD (11,298 - 18,831 USD) Sold for 23,000 CAD (17,324 USD) November 1, 2020 Lot 81 "Village in Brittany" 1911 Oil on canvas 15 1/8 x 18 1/4 inches Heffel Vancouver Presale estimate 40,000 - 60,000 CAD (36,803 - 55,205 USD) Sold for 47,200 CAD (43,428 USD) May 28, 2014 Lot 156 "Beach Scene, Victoria, BC" c. 1919 Oil on board 12 x 16 inches Heffel Vancouver Presale estimate 20,000 - 30,000 CAD (18,883 - 28,324 USD) Sold for 49,725 CAD (46,947 USD) November 28, 2013 Lot 143
This painting was purchased in a small shop in the USA that sells art and collectibles. This piece of art is just sitting in storage (musume) collection dust.
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This is a nice early example of Carr's work who, as you rightly note, was one of Canada's premier Impressionists. She painted almost exclusively in oil on canvas or paper; having a work in an uncharacteristic medium can occasionally deter buyers (people do not universally prefer an anomaly).
According to AskArt, several works that have sold really well have all exceeded their estimate, suggesting that a reasonable estimate will encourage interested bidders to come to the table. I would not be surprised if this sold for more than the estimate I've appraised this at, particularly if this is sold through a Canadian auction house that has handled her works extensively (such as Heffel, Levis and Waddington's).
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
Emily M. Carr (Canadian, 1871-1945)
"House on a Hill", 1898
oil on wood panel
25 by 20 inches
signed and dated on the back, lower right
PROVENANCE: acquired in a small store in the USA
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