Artwork by William Goodridge Roberts,  Trees, Laurentians

Goodridge Roberts
Trees, Laurentians

oil on board
signed lower right; titled on a gallery label on the reverse
16 x 20 ins ( 40.6 x 50.8 cms )

Auction Estimate: $4,000.00$3,000.00 - $4,000.00

Price Realized $3,304.00
Sale date: November 20th 2018

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
The Canadian painter, watercolourist and draughtsman Goodridge Roberts is best known for his landscapes of Quebec hills and fields. Using rapid brushstrokes and intense, warm colours, Roberts created a sense of vast space, always paying close attention to the relationship of forms. The artist had spent his summers painting in a number of different regions of Eastern Canada, including Georgian Bay, Outaouais, the Eastern Townships, Charlevoix, and in this instance, the Laurentians.

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William Goodridge Roberts
(1904 - 1974) Canadian Group of Painters, RCA

Roberts was born in Barbados in 1904 to a prominent Canadian literary family. His father, Theodore, was a poet, novelist, and journalist. Roberts began his studies at Montreal's Ecole des Beaux-Arts but, encouraged by his art-critic aunt, Mary Fanton Roberts, he enrolled at New York's Art Students League. His New York schooling would prove to be a major influence on his career.

During the 1930s, Roberts lived, painted, and taught in Ontario. He was the very first artist-in-residence at Queens University in Kingston. Refusing to incorporate nationalist content into his work, Roberts became recognized for his modernist approach. In the 1940s, Roberts moved to Montreal and continued painting and teaching. He was admired by Quebec's francophone art community who saw in his work a reflection of the modernist figurative tradition from France, known in Montreal as "living art." His works were equally divided into the themes of landscapes, portraits and still lifes; all are textbook examples of each style. The artist's last major retrospective was held at the National Gallery of Canada in 1969. He died in January 1974.