Artwork by Robert Bateman,  Winter Field (Shingled House & Meadow)

Robert Bateman
Winter Field (Shingled House & Meadow)

acrylic on board
signed lower left; dated “Dec. 1973” on the reverse
24 x 36.75 ins ( 61 x 93.3 cms )

Auction Estimate: $25,000.00$20,000.00 - $25,000.00

Price Realized $23,000.00
Sale date: May 28th 2015

Acquired directly from the artist
Private Collection, Ontario
Mark Abley, “The Painted Bird”, “Saturday Night Magazine”, Toronto, June 1984, page 61
This unique painting was a private commission by a collector who knew Robert Bateman when his studio was still in Burlington, Ontario and he was teaching art at Nelson High school. The setting is the Niagara escarpment, a favourite place of the collector's and Mr. Bateman's. At this early moment in the artist's career, in addition to his daytime teaching job with high school students, he was also offering evening art classes which the collector's spouse attended. She was so taken with his vision that she introduced his work to her family. Mr. Bateman personally framed this painting using barn board that complements this classic scene of an abandoned Ontario barn, the only human presence on a winter landscape.

Discussing “Haliburton House”, one of Bateman's “finest” works, which shares similar compositional elements to “Winter Field”, Mark Abley explains that the work “provides a kind of emblem for all his paintings, no matter whether the subject is an Ontario farmhouse, a bald eagle, or an African elephant. Weary-eyed, we are confronted by the calm, impersonal power of the natural world; the way out of human decay is a way forward into nature. Bateman feeds a longing for what lies beyond.”

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Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman was born in Toronto on May 24, 1930. Bateman is an influential pioneer in his field of art paying homage to the world of nature. His respect for the environment is undeniable and his constant pursuit to help others see the importance of its fragility is extraordinary. Bateman says, "I can't conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I like to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can and to absorb it. And then I like to put it together and express it in my paintings. This is the way I want to dedicate my work."