Vin­tage Carr wa­ter­colour found in Calgary up for auc­tion

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An Emily Carr paint­ing un­cov­ered in Calgary last sum­mer will go up for auc­tion next week at an es­ti­mated value be­tween $150,000 and $175,000.

The find oc­curred dur­ing a 10-city, cross-coun­try art road­show by Con­signor Cana­dian Fine Art, dur­ing which mem­bers of the public were in­vited to bring in works of art for valu­a­tion.

The wa­ter­colour, Euro­pean Street Scene, was painted dur­ing Carr’s artis­tic train­ing in France.

Rob Cow­ley, pres­i­dent of Con­signor Cana­dian Fine Art, said the art­work was from a pri­vate col­lec­tion in the city. Dur­ing a con­sul­ta­tion with the client, Cow­ley said it was a treat to see the wa­ter­colour in per­son. He de­scribed the paint­ing as a rare find given its de­tail, its vi­brant colours and the fact it was painted dur­ing an im­por­tant pe­riod in the Cana­dian artist’s ca­reer.

“Works such as this, such de­tailed works and such vi­brant works … and from this pe­riod, dur­ing her trav­els in France in 1911, are rare and we don’t see them at auc­tion as of­ten as some of her other pe­ri­ods,” said Cow­ley.

The wa­ter­colour will be fea­tured at Con­signor’s Fall Live Auc­tion of Im­por­tant Cana­dian Art, which takes place Nov. 23 at the Gar­diner Mu­seum in Toronto.

Other works found dur­ing the road­show in­clude a rare pen­cil sketch by Lawren Har­ris in prepa­ra­tion for his can­vas Lake Su­pe­rior, and Bridge Over Hum­ber River by fel­low Group of Seven artist A.J. Cas­son, one of his first out­door sketches. Both works were found in Bri­tish Columbia.

Con­signor’s live and on­line auc­tions have also in­cluded works such as a rare, 100-year-old Tom Thom­son por­trait, which sold for $172,500, an undis­cov­ered Wil­liam Kurelek work and Jack Bush’s Sum­mer Lake, which broke records in May 2014 for the most ex­pen­sive paint­ing by a Cana­dian artist to be sold at an on­line auc­tion, at $310,500.


‘Euro­pean Street Scene,’ a paint­ing by Emily Carr, was un­earthed in Calgary last sum­mer and is to be auc­tioned next week.

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