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Lot #100

Artist William Kurelek
Title Woman Chopping Wood
Media watercolour on paper board
Dated ca. 1961
Size 7.25 x 12.25 in. / 18.4 x 31.1 cm.
Frame Size 17.75 x 22.5 x 2 in.

signed with initials lower right; bears title and date on gallery labels verso; framed with archival mat and special glass

In 1959, William Kurelek joined Isaacs Gallery in Toronto as a framer and in the following year had his first one man show at the gallery [Isaacs became Kurelek’s agent for life based on a handshake]. In 1961, the women’s committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario invited Alfred Barr of the Museum of Modern Art in New York to visit and select a painting for the MOMA collection. Barr arrived and astonished them by choosing a painting by Kurelek: ‘Hailstorm in Alberta’. - kurelek.ca)

The Isaacs / Innuit Gallery, Toronto and Peter Ohler Fine Arts Ltd., labels verso; from the Estate of Dr. Joan Snyder, a prominent Calgary philanthropist; proceeds from this work will help fulfill Joan's wishes to support the University of Calgary. To read more about Dr. Joan Snyder, visit the University of Calgary's Memoriam

Sold $24,570 Estimate $10,000/$15,000

Biographical Information
William Kurelek ~ [1927-1977] Canadian OSA, RCA
see Someone With Me: the Autobiography of William Kurelek, by W.Kurelek; Kurelek's Canada, by W.Kurelek, Pagurian Press, 1978; William Kurelek: A Retrospective, by A.Isaacs, E.A.G., 1979; The Last Days and Drawings of William Kurelek, by W.Kurelek, Tundra Books, 1988; A Memoir of William Kurelek, by B.Dedora, Aya Press, 1989; William Kurelek The Messanger, by M.J.Hughes, AGGV, 2011; illustrator and author of several books including A Prairie Boy's Summer, A Prairie Boy's Winter, A Northern Nativity, They Sought a New World, plus others; N.G.C. Vol.2, G-K, ed.C.Hill, pg.390; MacDonald Vol.3 pg.693; Westbridge, Vol.2, pg.101; listed on Artists in Canada, a Union List of Artists' Files, by National Gallery of Canada Library et al, Canadian Heritage Information Network [CHIN] website